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Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe: court ruling on £400m tank debt could aid release

Nazanin Zaghari

The Guardian – Judge in London to decide amount UK should pay Tehran over 40-year-old arms deal

A court hearing in London over a £400m debt owed by the UK government to Iran could help decide the fate of the Iranian-British dual national Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, imprisoned in Evin jail in Tehran for the last four years.

Mr Justice Phillips is being asked in the high court to settle the precise amount the UK should pay to the Iranians for a broken arms contract stretching back 40 years.

The court is due to decide the full amount, including any interest, that the UK must pay the Iranians for a £400m-plus debt the UK acknowledges it owes for the UK’s non-delivery of Chieftain tanks Tehran ordered from the UK before the fall of the Shah in 1979.

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