Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe: Wait for second verdict could last 'until Easter'

Nazanin, before her incarceration, with baby Gabriella

Nazanin is still waiting for a verdict in the second court case against her. - Credit: Ratcliffe family

Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe could still be waiting for a verdict in her second court case on Easter Sunday, her family believes. 

After a court hearing on March 13, Nazanin was told she would hear whether she'd be convicted of a second set of anti-regime charges in around 7 working days. 

But this period has coincided with New Year celebrations in Iran - and Nazanin's husband Richard thinks it might not be resolved until after Easter. 

The holiday period in Iran runs until Easter Saturday. 

Richard said: "They might surprise us earlier, but I think they are more likely to make us wait."

At the hearing, Nazanin's lawyer gave her defence, and then Nazanin herself was able to make a statement to Judge Salavati and a deputy prosecutor, in which she denied the charges against her and asked the judge to ensure a fair trial. 

Nazanin and Gabriella drawing in happy days

Nazanin and Gabriella drawing in happy days - Credit: Archant

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Afterwards, Amnesty International UK's director Kate Allen said: "More delay equals more stress and more anxiety for Nazanin on top of everything she’s already been through."

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