Unseen footage shows moment Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe arrested in Iran

New footage has emerged of the moment British mum Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe was arrested in Tehran.

A video taken in April 2016 has been screened on Iranian state TV, coinciding with the 40-year-old saying she plans to start a hunger strike to protest poor treatment.

She has been imprisoned for nearly three years, accused of spying.

The documentary alleges that Mrs Zaghari-Ratcliffe – who was visiting family when she was arrested – is one of Britain’s "main agents of soft warfare".

Mrs Zaghari-Ratcliffe, 40, was arrested at Tehran’s Imam Khomeini airport in April 2016 and sentenced to five years in jail after being accused of spying – a charge she denies.


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The previously-unseen clip, which was taken with a hidden camera, shows her being stopped as she attempted to board a plane with her daughter Gabriella.

An officer asks her: "Are you going to London?"

After she confirms this is the case, Mrs Zaghari-Ratcliffe was told that an arrest warrant had been issued for her, with an official telling her: "You are banned from travel and you need to come with us to the prosecutor’s office, where the prosecutor’s assistant will tell you about your allegations and your problem will be resolved."


The camera captures her look of surprise at the exchange.

This week her ordeal has been described as a "matter of life and death".

Labour MP Tulip Siddiq, Mrs Zaghari-Ratcliffe’s constituency MP, said "tough rhetoric will not do anything" to help her.

MPs heard she is preparing to go on hunger strike after being given a "ration" of food, having calls to family restricted and being denied health care.

She said: "Nazanin has been given a ration of food which has slowly decreased.

"Nazanin has been told the calls that she was allowed to make to her family and husband in London have now been restricted and will be further restricted."

She said she believed Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt and Foreign Office minister Alistair Burt are "absolutely determined" to solve the case and found their pledges to help free Mrs Zaghari-Ratcliffe to be genuine.

But Ms Siddiq added: "The truth is this is a matter of life and death. Tough rhetoric will not do anything."

Mr Burt, replying for the Government, said there is constant communication with Iran over Mrs Zaghari-Ratcliffe, adding: "A request for diplomatic protection is still being considered as to whether or not this would add anything to the circumstances."

Shadow foreign secretary Emily Thornberry described the treatment of Mrs Zaghari-Ratcliffe as "barbaric" as she called on Iran to allow her release "without any further delay".

She said: "This would be inhuman treatment of any prisoner, to pile this torment on an innocent woman whose medical and mental and physical health is already suffering is nothing but barbaric."

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