TEHRAN, Dec. 11 (Press Shia) – Iran’s FM Spokesman Ghasemi said Mon. that the Foreign Ministry will follow up for humanitarian reasons on the case of Nazanin Zaghari who is in detention on charges of espionage against Iran.

Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Ghasemi discussed the case of Nazanin Zaghari during his weekly press conference on Monday, which was once again brought into the focus of media after the visit of UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson to Tehran.

One of the objectives of Johnson’s two-day visit to Tehran was most likely to discuss Zaghari’s case with Iranian officials, he added.

Zaghari was arrested by Iran’s intelligence forces at the Imam Khomeini International Airport in April 2016 on spying charges as she was on her way home to London after visiting her parents in Tehran. She was subsequently tried in an Iranian court and sentenced to five years in prison for spreading propaganda against the Islamic Republic. 

Ghasemi went on to add, “[Johnson’s] visit was planned in advance and took place at the official request of Foreign Minister Zarif, aimed at discussing a wide plethora of bilateral and regional topics.”

Ghasemi maintained that one such topic raised at the meetings was Zaghari’s case, adding “given the fact that she is convicted, she is currently serving her time in prison, but Iran’s Foreign Ministry has declared that it would follow up on her case due to humanitarian reasons. However, her case must be pursued by the Judiciary given the separate branches of power in Iran.”

To be updated…

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