Husband: ‘Britain has won a few new points’ with UK court ruling on Zaghari-Ratcliffe

Yasir Gazan via CNN British-Iranian aid worker Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe has lost her latest legal bid. Yasir Gazan via CNN British-Iranian aid worker Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe has lost her latest legal bid. (CNN) – British-Iranian aid…

Husband: 'Britain has won a few new points' with UK court ruling on Zaghari-Ratcliffe

Yasir Gazan via CNN British-Iranian aid worker Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe has lost her latest legal bid.

Yasir Gazan via CNN British-Iranian aid worker Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe has lost her latest legal bid.

(CNN) – British-Iranian aid worker Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe lost her latest legal bid on Sunday to have her conviction overturned in Iran, a British court has ruled.

Zaghari-Ratcliffe was sentenced to five years in prison last year for allegedly plotting to overthrow the Iranian government. She maintains her innocence and the charges against her were politically motivated.

She entered Iran illegally and had nothing to do with the country’s government, her husband Richard Ratcliffe said on Twitter after the judgment was handed down.

Sunday’s ruling means the 39-year-old will remain in prison for a third year.

“In another excellent ruling from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office she has today lost her 3rd appeal,” Ratcliffe wrote. “But she has won a few new points. So she can have another fight to win. But it is certainly a sign that (Iranian judge) Golrateffi is not happy with the result of the appeals process.”

The judge had on Friday told the court he would not interfere in the overall case, according to a UK-based court source.

UK courts say Zaghari-Ratcliffe should be tried in the United Kingdom

Zaghari-Ratcliffe was arrested with her two-year-old daughter, Gabriella, on her way back to Britain from a family visit in June 2016.

She was taken to a prison near Tehran and is held at an undisclosed location.

Last year, her husband called her treatment “disgraceful.”

A UK court said in November 2017 that she should be tried in Britain. The Iranian court rejected that recommendation and said Zaghari-Ratcliffe would face trial in Iran, not the UK.

“We all should be outraged that after three years Nazanin has been sentenced to five years in an Iranian prison,” her husband said on Twitter last November. “Her conviction and the inhuman treatment she is experiencing have been totally wrong from the start.”

Ratcliffe, who lives in West Yorkshire, told CNN in an earlier interview that his wife was extremely vulnerable. “She has multiple health issues, extremely low blood pressure,” he said. “She will not go home, or she will only go home very slowly and we will never know what has happened to her.”

Zaghari-Ratcliffe’s plight has been well-publicized in Iran. Earlier this year, the country’s parliament passed a law stating that all missing citizens must be handed over to their families. Her name is on the list of missing British citizens.

Ratcliffe said he wanted to send his wife a video message to tell her the children were doing well.

“It’s very important that her family is allowed to see her,” he said. “It’s my belief that this would contribute to reestablishing a relationship between the British government and Iran.”

In recent weeks, there have been diplomatic overtures between the United Kingdom and Iran. Britain’s ambassador to Iran, Simon Manley, was welcomed by Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif at the Iranian foreign ministry, according to the Press TV English language channel.

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