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Free Nazanin: Call for David Cameron and Theresa May to act as West Hampstead mum faces 100th day detained in Iran

PUBLISHED: 07:54 12 July 2016 | UPDATED: 07:56 12 July 2016

Gabriella with mum Nazanin on her first birthday

Gabriella with mum Nazanin on her first birthday

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Today marks 100 days since a West Hampstead mum was taken into custody in Iran - and David Cameron and Theresa May are both facing calls to intervene.

Nazanin and Richard Ratcliffe with daughter Gabriella Nazanin and Richard Ratcliffe with daughter Gabriella

Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe was detained in April while she was visiting her parents in Iran.

Her two-year-old daughter’s passport was confiscated by the Revolutionary Guard, and she is currently being looked after by her grandparents, unable to leave.

Today her husband Richard Ratcliffe, of Fortune Green Road, will deliver letters to the current PM and his successor calling for more action.

He will be joined by Hampstead and Kilburn MP Tulip Siddiq.

Nazanin and Gabriella together before their arrest Nazanin and Gabriella together before their arrest

Reports in Iran state that proceedings against Nazanin, who spent seven weeks in solitary confinement and has not been given access to a lawyer, have begun.

She is accused of ‘sowing unrest’, and has not spoken to her family in the past week.

Monique Villa, chief executive of the Thomson Reuters Foundation, which Nazanin works for, said today: “I cannot imagine Nazanin being involved in such activities.

“Nazanin is a young mother dedicated to her family and her work.

“She has been working at the Thomson Reuters Foundation for the past four years as a project coordinator in charge of grants applications and training, and had no dealing with Iran in her professional capacity.

“The Thomson Reuters Foundation has no dealings with Iran whatsoever, does not operate and does not plan to operate in the country.”

And Ms Villa continued: “Nazanin had travelled to Iran in a personal capacity on a holiday to visit her parents as she had been doing every six months since the birth of her daughter Gabriella.

“I expect the Iranian authorities to free Nazanin and to release the passport of her daughter Gabriella as soon as possible.

“We remain in permanent contact with Nazanin’s family, her husband Richard, the British Foreign Office, as well as other authorities.”

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