I was forced to sign false confession-British woman detained in Iran
Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, the British charity worker that was detained in Tehran for almost six years sais she was forced by Iranian officials to sign a false confession to spying before she was freed two months ago.
She said that British government officials were present at Tehran airport when she was forced to sign the false admission to spying.
She said that the Iranian officials that insisted that she would not be allowed to leave the airport for the UK unless she signed the confession.
“The whole thing of me signing the forced confession was filmed,” Zaghari-Ratcliffe told the BBC in an interview broadcast Monday. “It’s a tool. So I’m sure they will show that someday.”
Opposition Labour Party lawmaker Tulip Siddiq, who represents Zaghari-Ratcliffe’s home district in London, said the revelation raised “serious questions” for the British government. She said Foreign Secretary Liz Truss “must set out in Parliament what she knew about this shocking revelation and what consequences it could have for my constituent.”
Zaghari-Ratcliffe was detained at Tehran’s airport in April 2016 as she was returning home to Britain after visiting family in Iran. She was employed by the Thomson Reuters Foundation, the charitable arm of the news agency, but she was on vacation at the time of her arrest.
Zaghari-Ratcliffe was sentenced to five years in prison after she was convicted of plotting the overthrow of Iran’s government, a charge that she, her supporters and rights groups denied. She had been under house arrest at her parents’ home in Tehran for the last two years.
She and another dual citizen, Anoosheh Ashoori, were released and flown back to the UK in March. Their release came after Britain paid a 400 million pound ($503 million) debt to Iran stemming from a dispute over tanks that were ordered in the 1970s but were never delivered.