Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe temporarily released as 85,000 prisoners freed from Iran prisons

Reports have suggested she has been freed for two weeks, but according to Sky News she must wear an ankle bracelet as a condition of release. Iran has released thousands of prisoners following the coronavirus outbreak in the country.  Up to 85,000 prisoners have been released according to the Government, to stop the virus spreading. 

Ms Zaghari-Ratcliffe was arrested at Tehran's Imam Khomeini Airport while travelling in April 2016.

She was then sentenced to five years in prison, surrounding allegations she was plotting to overthrow the Iranian government, charges which she denies.

There has been a high-profile case surrounding Ms Zaghari-Ratcliffe's release.

Many have protested and campaigned for the Iranian government to free her from prison, believing the charges against her to be false. 

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A man was even pictured kissing the door handle of a shrine in Qom in the midst of the outbreak. 

Deaths in the Islamic Republic have recently risen to 988, a 13 percent rise, after the virus claimed 135 more lives.

Kianoush Jahanpour, Iran’s Health Ministry spokesman, has said there are now 16,169 across the country.

This makes Iran the most infected nation in the Middle East. 

And medical officials are now fighting against the clock to stop coronavirus in its tracks. 

The situation has become dire that the strict prison system has released 85,000 prisoners on a temporary basis.

This includes political detainees - those held on charges against the state or the Supreme Leader. 

News has spread about worsening conditions in Iran’s prisons, including a lack of access to medical supplies and cleaning equipment. 

It was feared other deadly diseases such as hepatitis C and tuberculosis were also rife within prisons, leaving thousands at risk.

And earlier in the month, the United Nations urged Iran to free political prisoners.

Javaid Rehman, the UN special rapporteur on human rights in Iran, has said only prisoners who were due to serve less than five years had been released.

The country previously said it had released 70,000 prisoners from its system on a temporary basis. 

This is compared to the 189,500 prisoners the country reported to have in January in a Human Rights Council report.

Mr Rehman said: “Political prisoners and others charged with heavier sentences linked to their participation in protest marches remained in jail.

“A number of dual and foreign nationals are at real risk if they have not... got it [coronavirus], they are really fearful of the conditions.

“This is also my worrying concern and therefore I have recommended to the state of the Islamic Republic of Iran to release all prisoners on temporary release.”

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