Nazanin Zaghari

Iran frees Iranian-British national following end of five-year jail term: Lawyer

Speaking to IRNA on Sunday, Hojjat Kermani added that Nazanin Zaghari was freed after the termination of her jail term and her ankle monitor was removed.

“Today (Sunday) the five-year [prison] sentence of Ms. Zaghari was finished and her ankle monitor was removed taking into account that since a year ago she was under house arrest, carrying an ankle monitor, which allowed her to get as far as 300 meters from her father’s home,” he added.

The lawyer, however, said his client was to attend another court hearing in a separate case involving propaganda against the Islamic Republic, adding that the hearing is scheduled later this month. It is not yet clear if Zaghari can leave the country.

Zaghari was pardoned by Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei last year, but spent the final year of her term under house arrest with electronic monitor tied to her feet.

Nazanin Zaghari is an Iranian citizen who served a five-year jail term in Tehran on charges of espionage for the UK. Iran’s intelligence authorities arrested Zaghari, who also holds a British passport, at Imam Khomeini International Airport in April 2016 as she was about to board a plane to London.