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British-Iranian aid worker jailed 5-yrs over secret charges

An Iranian-British aid worker Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe will spend the next five years in prison after an Iranian Revolutionary court passed judgment on her over charges that remain a secret according to her family.

Zaghari-Ratcliffe was accused of trying to overthrow Iran’s clerical establishment Iran’s hardline Revolutionary Guards and was arrested in early April as she tried to leave Iran after a visit with her two-year-old daughter.

“On 6 September Nazanin was sentenced to five years imprisonment by Judge Salavati of the Revolutionary Court,” her family said in a statement.

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“Nazanin confirmed this sentence to her husband in a phone call today (9 September). She is expected to serve her sentence in Evin prison,” the statement added.

Her husband Richard Ratcliffe said in the family’s statement: “A sentence with secret charges still seems crazy. Literally it is a punishment without a crime.”

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