0453 GMT January 24, 2019
Mahmoud Behzadi-Rad told IRNA that her client had endured more than half a five-year prison term and was hence subjected to conditional release regulations.
The lawyer added, “We are currently awaiting the opinion of the Tehran prosecutor and we hope my client's conditional release will be agreed upon.”
Nazanin Zagari's attorney also reported on her illness and said, “Given the client's illness, we have requested a transfer of Zaghari to the hospital to provide medical care at the hospital, and we are now awaiting the consent of the prison.” He didn’t reveal the nature of her illness.
Zaghari, claimed to be a charity worker affiliated with the London-based charity Thomson Reuters Foundation, was arrested in April 2016 and is now serving a five-year term for espionage.
Her case drew considerable attention after former British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said in 2017 that she was training journalists in Iran, contradicting claim by the foundation that she was simply on holiday visiting relatives.
Johnson came under pressure to resign after his comments, which confirmed charges by the Iranian judiciary that Zaghari was teaching people how to secretly prepare anti-government content and send them to foreign news services.