Husband of Brit mum in Iran jail fears 'show trial' means she'll never be freed

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Husband of Brit mum in Iran jail fears 'show trial' means she'll never be freed

British mum Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe is on trial in Iran again raising fears she may never come home.

Yesterday the regime’s Revolutionary Guards hauled the terrified mum-of-one, 41, back to court for what her ­husband Richard calls “a show trial she cannot win”.

Nazanin has been at her parents’ home in Tehran on temporary release from jail since March.

In 2016 she was jailed for five years for allegedly “plotting to topple the Iranian government”, which she denies.

Speaking in London with the couple’s girl Gabriella, six, Richard said: “There is nothing new in the charges but my feeling is they will do something bad.

“There’s no way they will find in her favour. We are expecting something to be added to her sentence.

“Nazanin is terrified she could end up back in solitary confinement in prison. She’s been having panic ­attacks as the memories of the first trial come flooding back. In her darkest ­moments she fears she will never be ­allowed to leave Iran.”

Gabriella, who returned to the UK last year, has been asking Richard: “When is Mummy coming home?”

Richard is frustrated by the British Government’s softly, softly approach to Iran which have so far been ineffective.

He believes his wife will only be released when the UK Government pays the interest on a £450million debt the UK has owed to Iran since the 1970s for a cancelled arms deal.

The start of a second trial for Nazanin is expected to be a short hearing only in which she is unlikely to be able to speak.

It comes a day after Navid Afkari, a 27-year-old wrestler accused of killing a state security guard during­ protests in 2018, was executed.

Human rights campaigners said Afkari confessed to the killing under immense physical and psychological duress.

Richard said that the case ­illustrated the “medieval ­brutality of the regime”.

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