1258 GMT January 19, 2019
Iranian Ambassador to London Hamid Baeedinejad on Monday denounced the European country’s interference in Iran’s internal affairs after he was summoned over the imprisoned Iranian-British citizen, Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe.
“Today, I was summoned by the British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt and he, expressing concern, especially asked me about the conditions of Mrs Zaghari and her decision to start a hunger strike,” he said, according to IRNA.
“I told him that the dual nationals all considered to be Iranian nationals and are subject to civil rights,” Baeedinejad added.
“I also stressed that the meddlesome act by London is not going to help her but it will provoke negative reactions among the Iranian public and officials against the British government,” the Iranian envoy said.
Iran’s intelligence authorities arrested Zaghari-Ratcliffe at Imam Khomeini International Airport in April 2016 as she was on her way back to London. She was subsequently put on trial and handed a five-year jail term after being found guilty of spying and spreading propaganda against the Islamic Republic.
In November 2017, Iran’s Judiciary released documents to local media outlets which challenge Western accounts that the Iranian national had merely traveled to the country from Britain for a family visit.
As per the released documents, Zaghari had played an active and leading role in holding training courses for recruits at BBC World Service Trust and the ZigZag Academy.