Richard Ratcliffe said charity worker Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, who was arrested in April, had called him from prison and said: "I can't bear to be in this place any longer. Gabriella's passport was taken after her mother's arrest. The child is staying with her grandparents in Iran.

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The year-old nazanun worker, of Hampstead, north-west Naanin, was sentenced to five years in jail over allegations, which she denies, of plotting to overthrow the Tehran government, having been arrested in during a holiday visit to show her baby daughter Gabriella to her parents. The British-Iranian dual national has always insisted she was not working for Thomson Reuters Foundation in Iran at the time of her arrest, but was visiting the country to show Gabriella to her grandparents.

During her detention, family and friends in the UK have long fought for her freedom, and during the global coronavirus pandemic she was granted temporary release. In late FebruaryMrs Zaghari-Ratcliffe was reported to naazanin contracted the disease as it spread through Iran and the Evin prison, but she was never tested.

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But reports emerged on Tuesday that she nasanin facing a new charge, and Labour MP Tulip Siddiq said the mother-of-one had been told she would face a new trial on Sunday. Mrs Zaghari-Ratcliffe has barely seen her daughter throughout her imprisonment, but was granted a three-day release in summer Following a devastating earthquake in Iran innazankn went to work as a translator in the relief effort for the Japanese International Co-operation Agency.

Mrs Zaghari-Ratcliffe came to the UK in after securing a scholarship at London Metropolitan University to study for a masters in communication management. It was a month after her arrival in the UK that she met her future husband through mutual friends.

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The couple got married in August in Winchester and Gabriella was born in Junesomething Mr Ratcliffe said changed both their outlooks on life. Mrs Zaghari-Ratcliffe began working at Thomson Reuters Foundation in as a project co-ordinator before taking on the role of a project manager.

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