Nazanin Zagari-Ratcliffe accused the British Foreign Office of be an accomplice in forcing her sign letter of false recognition to Iranian government as part of in last-minute terms of her release in March.
British-Iranian woman signs letter at Tehran airport, expecting to find out will she be allowed to leave Iran after six years in detention.
Statements in An explosive 20-page letter to foreign secretary Liz Truss, obtained exclusively by the Guardian, suggests Zaghari-Ratcliffe was shocked when she found out the Ministry of Foreign Affairs agreed to this condition as part of of her release, adding that his actions “caused enormous personal losses on She and caused her severe injury.
She is says in a letter written by her lawyers from Redress stating that “UK officials were implicated in an illegal act by the Iranian authorities by telling her that she must sign a false confession in circumstances where she had virtually no other choice.”
Lawyers argue that “actions of British officials contradict Britain policy not participate in soliciting, encouraging or justifying use of torture or ill-treatment for any purpose.” This is adds that the actions of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs made status of other UK prisoners in Iran more unreliable.
The revelations suggest that the Foreign Office and Downing Street in best was not simple in detection terms for her release.
In the letter, Redress lawyers say Zaghari-Ratcliffe is pushing for a demand sign recognition has caused her permanent damage, and made her fearful of reprisals in London.
They say, “Zagary-Ratcliff resisted a lot of pressure to make false confession on many times during interrogations and during her eight plus years/half months in solitary confinement. To be said sign a false self-recognition government because she had survived was deeply upset for her.”
in final Three days before her release, Redress said that Iranian officials accused Zagari-Ratcliffe of of being a spy, taunted her by offering her release and then threatening to withdraw him, and tried, and finally forced her, sign confession to unspecified crimes.
The letter says that the British ambassador called her. on March 14 and told her that she must attend the meeting with Iranian officials collect new An Iranian passport, although her Iranian lawyer advised her not to attend.
Letter says: “The ambassador chose her up in embassy car took her to government office and waited outside. And again Zagari Ratcliffe was required visit office one. She was blamed by Iranian officials. of being a spy, she was told that if she had loved Iran, she would not have done what she did and was asked if she regretted it. She was told that she was being exchanged for half billion dollars. Then they made her sign document allegedly admitting to unspecified charges and promising not to sue the Iranian government. The document was in a standardized form. with empty spaces to fill in Details of alleged crimes and confessions. Zagari Ratcliffe stubbornly refused sign this document.”
At this moment she says in letter “especially ominous official brought into the room to scare her. He accused her of to be a spy and destroy Iran, and told her, “If you don’t sign this, you won’t go away home’. Mrs. Zagari-Ratcliffe finally conceded writing out separate document in her own handwriting, which removed the words “I confess.”
The Ambassador subsequently assured her that the document had no legal force.