Detained British-Iranian mother Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe has been released and is on her way back to the UK, her MP has said.
Mrs Zaghari-Ratcliffe, 43, had been detained in Iran since her arrest in 2016 on charges of plotting to overthrow the government – allegations which she has always denied.
Her MP, Tulip Siddiq, revealed on Twitter on Wednesday that Mrs Zaghari-Ratcliffe was at the airport in Tehran and was “on her way home”.
Hampstead and Kilburn MP Tulip Siddiq tweeted: “Nazanin is at the airport in Tehran and on her way home.
“I came into politics to make a difference, and right now I’m feeling like I have.
“More details to follow. #FreeNazanin”
Mrs Zaghari-Ratcliffe had been under house arrest and was given her UK passport back earlier this week.
She was arrested in Iran in 2016 as she prepared to fly back to the UK, having taken her daughter Gabriella – then not even two years old – to see relatives.
The mother was accused of plotting to overthrow the Iranian government and sentenced to five years in jail, spending four years in Tehran’s Evin Prison and one under house arrest.
Her husband Richard Ratcliffe, had campaigned for her release, which included spending 21 days on hunger strike last year in London to draw attention to the case.
Ms Zaghari-Ratcliffe and her family had reportedly been told by Iranian authorities that she was being detained because of the UK’s failure to pay an outstanding £400 million debt to Iran.
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