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Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe’s release may depend on the UK repaying its debt to Iran – but can it lawfully pay?

Richard Ratcliffe’s efforts to secure the release of his wife Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe from Iran, where she has been detained for over five years for “national security-related” offences, have failed to bear fruit, despite his recent 21-day hunger strike outside the UK Foreign Office.

The sticking point, according to many observers, is the UK’s continuing non-payment of £400 million owed by the UK to Iran as a result of the UK’s incomplete fulfilment of a 1970s defence contract.

  • Alexandra Fowler
  • The Conversation

Iran has long sought repayment of the sum, and the debt was confirmed in …

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