Nazanin detention amounts to torture: UK’s top diplomat – Middle East Monitor3 Maggio 2021
The British foreign secretary on Sunday said Iran’s repeated sentencing of British-Iranian charity worker Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe amounts to torture, Anadolu Agency reported.
Speaking to the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show, Dominic Raab accused Tehran of using her as leverage to gain concessions from the UK, and that Iran has an obligation to release her immediately without any conditions.
“Nazanin is held unlawfully, in my view, as a matter of international law. I think she’s being treated in the most abusive, tortuous way. I think it amounts to torture the way she’s being treated,” he said.
“It is clear that she is subjected to a cat-and-mouse game that the Iranians, or certainly part of the Iranian system, engage with and they try and use her for leverage on the UK.”
Tehran is accused of using the aid worker as a bargaining chip in a dispute with London over unpaid debt as well as talks over the 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and world powers.
Nazanin was arrested in 2016, accused of spying for Western powers and spreading propaganda against the regime, charges she continues to deny.