Iran releases 2 British nationals detained for years

Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe and Anousheh Ashouri, two British-Iranian dual nationals who had been detained in Iran for years, were released on Wednesday, their lawyer Reuters told.

Why it matters: Their release signals an agreement to restore the 2015 Iran nuclear deal could be close.

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  • Tulip Siddiq, a British member of Parliament, said in a tweet that “Nazanin is at the airport in Tehran and on her way home.”

Details: Zaghari-Ratcliffe, who worked for the Thomson Reuters Foundation, had been detained in Iran for nearly six years.

  • She was given back her passport over the weekend, raising hopes that she’d be able to leave the country.

  • In 2019, Ashouri was waived to 10 years in prison on charges of spying and two years for “acquiring illegitimate wealth,” per Reuters.

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