Judiciary Spokesman Rejects Britain’s Claim on Zaghari
TEHRAN (FNA)- Iran's Judiciary Spokesman Gholam Hossein Esmayeeli dismissed British Foreign Secretary's claims on the spy, Nazanin Zaghari- Ratcliffe, stressing that she was not in custody at all.
Esmayeeli said while Zaghari, as a spy has been held outside prison in her home under electronic surveillance, such false claims lack any legal position.
The British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab has claimed that Iran's treatment of the spy Zaghari was an “example of torture”.
The Spokesman added that Zaghari was now free on bail.
“It was shocking to hear that Zaghari has been in a state of torture now and that those who spoke out were the ones who commit the most number of tortures in the world,” he went on to say.
“Human rights advocates are committing the worst human rights abuses and their terrorists have recently killed more than 50 schoolgirls in Afghanistan,” Esmayeeli went on to say.
“The terrorist act in Kabul was a crime against humanity, a crime against children, and it was interesting that the Western countries did not show any reaction or sympathy,” he lamented.
"Yet, the Western human rights advocates have been shouting for human rights abuses against someone accused of security crimes who is now free on bail," the spokesman said.
In relevant remarks in January, Esmayeeli had rapped Raab for interfering remarks about the case of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe.
“Nazanin Zaghari is our current convict and she is serving her sentence, and she is yet to stand trial for another charge in her case that has been sent to the court with an indictment. The court has not yet ruled on the new case,” Esmayeeli told reporters in Tehran on January 26.
He lambasted Raab for his interfering remarks about Zaghari’s case, saying, “It is against diplomatic norms to comment on our judicial cases.”
Zaghari-Ratcliffe, a project manager with the Thomson Reuters Foundation, was arrested in Tehran in April 2016 as she was returning to Britain.
While the British media have claimed that she was arrested after a family visit and not on any mission, former British Foreign Secretary and current Prime Minister Boris Johnson disclosed in remarks to a parliamentary committee that Zaghari-Ratcliffe was "simply teaching people journalism as I understand it" when she was arrested at Tehran airport.
Robb had said that “we have intensified those negotiations and are leaving no stone unturned, and I want to get Nazanin released, absolutely as soon as possible".