Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe has been temporarily released from jail in Iran on a three day furlough to see her family.
The 39-year-old British-Iranian citizen was jailed for five years in 2016 for spying, an accusation she denies. The charity worker was arrested at the airport while she was travelling to Iran with her young daughter to visit her family for Iranian New Year.
“The Free Nazanin campaign is very pleased to confirm that Nazanin was released from Evin prison on furlough this morning Initially the release is for three days – her lawyer is hopeful this can be extended. This was a very happy surprise after a number of false dawns recently, which had been increasingly unsettling,” Mr Ratcliffe said in a statement.
Her British husband Richard Ratcliffe confirmed that his wife was spending the three days with her family and their four year old daughter, Gabriella.
“Gabriella had picked some flowers from the family garden, and was waiting to present them – the tradition she has seen for families waiting outside Evin prison. Gabriella has promised to show her the garden, and also her dolls house.”
“Our thanks to all those involved in making this possible in Tehran and London, and to the new foreign secretary for all his recent efforts and considerations,” he added.
Jeremy Hunt, the foreign secretary, tweeted that her release was “really good news” but called her imprisonment a “gross injustice".