Mum's family 'positive' over early release

Gabriella and Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe

Esmaili was quoted by the semi-official Tasnim news agency today as also saying that apart from the five-year sentence Zaghari-Ratcliffe is serving for allegedly plotting to overthrow the government, she has another case pending against her.

It is not yet clear whether the foreign secretary's belated intervention influenced the decision to free Zaghari-Ratcliffe.

She was sentenced to five years in jail, accused of plotting the "soft toppling" of Iran's government. "So we don't know when she will be able to be released", he said.

"The lawyer is much more positive and Nazanin is much more positive".

On Thursday, Mrs Zaghari-Ratcliffe's husband Richard Ratcliffe told media in the United Kingdom that his wife's lawyer had seen a change in her status on the Iranian judiciary database and that she was eligible for early release. He said: 'It is definitely a positive step.

"Part of me is trying not to get too hopeful and just to keep calm just in case there is more to come", he told BBC Radio 5 Live.

She was arrested at Tehran airport on April 3, 2016, after visiting relatives with her young daughter, AFP said.

"I think it feels like the tide has turned, certainly", he added.

Her case has featured strongly in the media since Britain's foreign secretary Boris Johnson mistakenly claimed the 39-year-old had been training journalists in the country, something her employers, the Thomson Reuters Foundation, and her family have strongly denied. Her husband has continued to campaign for her release ever since.

The news reportedly comes via Mrs Zaghari-Ratcliffe Iranian lawyer, who saw the change in the prisoner's status on an Iranian judiciary database.

Days later, Zaghari-Ratcliffe was summoned to a new court hearing at which Johnson's remarks were tabled as proof that she had engaged in propaganda against the regime.

'She is not a spy. Not even the Revolutionary Court has claimed that.

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