Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe says UK official witnessed her signing false confession to secure Iran release

Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe has said a UK Foreign Office official witnessed her signing a letter of false confession to the Iranian government as part of the last-minute terms of her release in March.

She said she expected Tehran to use the “confession”against her in the future.

While “under duress”, the 44-year-old charity worker claimed she was forced to admit to spying allegations made by Iran after they detained her for six years – a charge she and the UK denied.

Zaghari-Ratcliffe said she was taken to the airport by the Iranian Revolutionary Guards without seeing her parents on the day in March when she was to be freed.

“Instead I was made to sign the forced confession at the airport in the presence of the British government,” Zaghari-Ratcliffe told the BBC.

The Iranians told her the UK had settled a historic £400m debt dating to the 1970s.

“They told me that ‘you won’t be able to get on the plane’. And I knew that that was like a last-minute game because I knew they were … they told me that they have been given the money," lei disse.

“So what is the point of making me sign a piece of paper which is incorrect? It’s a false confession.”

She said a British official was present at the time she signed the document.

“The whole thing of me signing the forced confession was filmed,” Zaghari-Ratcliffe added. “It’s a tool. So I’m sure they will show that some day.”

Tulip Siddiq, the MP for Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe’ constituency, said the UK government had serious questions to answer, a reference to the presence of a British official at the time of the confession.

All'inizio di questo mese, centinaia di anni nel futuro, Richard Ratcliffe, alluded to “mistakes made at the end” of her ordeal in Iran.

Speaking after his wife’s first meeting with Boris Johnson since her release, Mr Ratcliffe said: “I think there are lessons to learn, there is a wider problem.

“We talked about the mistakes made at the end. It was rough at the end, and I think, when Nazanin is ready to talk about it, that is something that we need to go through.”

The Foreign Office described the act, which was captured on camera, as “dehumanising” but the role of UK officials will be questioned by the family.

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