No link between dual citizen's case, United Kingdom debt: Iran's FM

Pauline Gross
November 19, 2017

"An outstanding debt owed by the U.K.to Tehran will be transferred to the Central Bank of Iran in the coming days".

"The psychological pressures upon Nazanin Zaghari and her husband due to their young child is appreciable as they have a young child kept far from them by Zaghari's parents in Iran", said Mr. Baeedinejad.

At the time of her arrest, the IRGC referred to Zaghari as "a main ringleader of hostile institutions who had been involved in criminal activities over the past years under the auspices of the foreign governments' media and espionage services". "The contracts between Iran and United Kingdom over Chieftain tanks and armored vehicles were signed in 1974 and 1976, something around more than 40 years ago", recounted the Iranian diplomat.

The money would not be a "price for Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe's release" but a "goodwill gesture", says Sky's Alistair Bunkall.

Officially, the UK Government does not make ransom payments. After the victory of the Islamic Revolution in 1979, the United Kingdom held onto the money.

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Speaking after his first meeting with Boris, Zaghari-Ratcliffe's husband Richard said: "It is important that the United Kingdom honours its worldwide legal obligations, so that Iran can honour its legal obligations".

The money is being held by the British High Court on behalf of the government, after The Hague's Permanent Court of Arbitration ruled in favor of Iran in 2001, according to British sources.

Dr Rowan told Premier: "I think what's going to help most is if this case can be taken right out of political point scoring and I think religious leaders are well-placed to do that".

However, when asked about the report, Theresa May's spokesman said: "We are clear we don't see any link between these two issues". Speaking after meeting Boris Johnson, the Foreign Secretary, he said: "It is important that the United Kingdom honours its global legal obligations, so that Iran can honour its legal obligations".

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