Jailed British-Iranian woman ‘dreams of watching daughter play’

A photo of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe with messages reading ‘free Nazanin’, one year on from her detention. Photograph: Gareth Fuller/PA

Family of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, jailed in Tehran for part in alleged plot to topple the government, mark 365 days since her arrest

A British-Iranian woman jailed in Tehran for allegedly plotting to topple the government has said she dreams of watching her husband and their two-year-old daughter playing. As the first anniversary of her detention dawned, Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe described her wish to see her family dancing to Michael Jackson in in the sitting room of their home.

The 38-year-old was arrested at Tehran airport on 3 April while visiting relatives in Iran with her daughter, Gabriella. She was imprisoned for five years in September and lost an appeal against her sentence in January, but maintains her innocence. Her husband, Richard, said it had been a “long year of separation, a year of our lives interrupted”.

On Sunday, – 365 days since her arrest – family and friends gathered at Fortune Green close to Zaghari-Ratcliffe’s home in Hampstead, north-west London. Supporters tied yellow ribbons to a tree in the park along with quotes from prisoners at Evin jail in Iran, where Zaghari-Ratcliffe is being held, describing what they would do with one day of freedom.

Zaghari-Ratcliffe’s wish reads: “My fondest dream has always been to arrive at our home. You ask me if I want to have a cup of tea, then make me one. I just sit back and watch you two play. This is the image I had most when in solitary confinement. How I wish I could watch you both dance in the middle of our sitting room to the Michael Jackson music – like when Gabriella was only tiny.”

She also said she would like to “put a huge paper on the wall” and “draw a world in which there are no prisons, walls or fences – and let Gabriella do the colouring”. Her husband described the morning as a “nice, positive” event, and said: “We’re keeping an eye on the future, and one day this will be finished.”

The Free Nazanin campaign said Zaghari-Ratcliffe had still not been shown her charge sheet since the appeal or revealed exactly what she had been convicted of. Gabriella is being looked after by family members in Iran.

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