Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, the British-Iranian woman jailed in Iran, is to send her daughter home to the UK to start school, it has been reported.
Zaghari-Ratcliffe has been visited in prison by Gabriella at least once a week for the past three years. The five-year-old, who has lived with her grandparents in Tehran since 2016, will be back in London before Christmas, according to the Times.
Zaghari-Ratcliffe was arrested in April 2016 and sentenced to five years in jail for spying, which she denies. During her fight to be released, which has been at the centre of a diplomatic row, she has endured solitary confinement and undertaken hunger strikes.
Her family told the Times that they agreed Gabriella should return to the UK to start the school year in September, but postponed the decision after Zaghari-Ratcliffe was taken to a psychiatric hospital.
She was returned to prison after a week but not permitted phone calls with her husband, Richard Ratcliffe, in London.
Zaghari-Ratcliffe has pleaded with the Iranian authorities to release her so she can go to London with Gabriella.
“I have no hope or motivation after my baby goes. There is no measure to my pain,” she wrote in a letter addressed to “the mothers of Iran” that was smuggled out of Evin prison and published online in Farsi and English.
“In the near future, my baby will leave me to go to her father and start school in the UK. It will be a daunting trip for her travelling and me left behind,” she wrote. Read more