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Lawyer says Iranian appeals court upheld verdict sentencing long-held Iranian-British woman in Tehran to one more year in prison

TEHRAN, Iran – An Iranian appeals court has upheld a verdict sentencing an Iranian-British woman long detained in Tehran to one year in prison, her lawyer said on Saturday.

Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe has already served a five-year prison sentence in the Islamic Republic. Her attorney Hojjat Kermani told The Associated Press that the appeals court upheld a verdict earlier this year sentencing her to another year.

The verdict also includes a one-year overseas travel ban, meaning she cannot leave Iran to join her family for nearly two years.

In April, Zaghari-Ratcliffe was convicted of allegedly disseminating “anti-system propaganda” when she took part in a protest outside the Iranian Embassy in London in 2009.

Kermani said Zaghari-Ratcliffe was “concerned” when he informed her of the appeals court decision. He said his client was in contact with his family.

Iranian state media did not immediately recognize the ruling, apparently made after a closed-door hearing.

Zaghari-Ratcliffe was sentenced to five years in prison after being convicted of plotting to overthrow the Iranian government, a charge she, her supporters and rights groups deny. While working at the Thomson Reuters Foundation, the news agency’s charitable arm, she was arrested at Tehran airport in April 2016 on her way home to Britain after visiting his family.

Human rights groups accuse Iran of holding binationals as bargaining chips for money or influence in negotiations with the West, which Tehran denies. Iran does not recognize dual citizenship, so detainees like Zaghari-Ratcliffe cannot receive consular assistance.


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