(Persia Digest) – The Head of the National Security and Foreign Policy Committee of the Iranian Parliament has reacted to the UK support for Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, saying: “UK intervention in Zaghari’s case has worked against her.”

Heshmatollah Falahatpisheh stated: “If the British had not intervened, Zaghari’s case would have been resolved within the framework of Islamic compassion. Britain and a number of European countries turn purely judicial cases political. Their politicization means countries like Britain are not helping their cases.”

He added: “The best course of action in Mrs Zaghari’s case is for foreign governments to stop intervening in Iran’s judicial procedure and allowing for the case to be pursued under Iranian jurisdiction and Islamic compassion rather than governments.”


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Persia Digest (PD) reports that Islamic compassion under Islamic laws means that punishment in Islam is meant for correction; if the person shows remorse and repentance, the Islamic ruler can diminish the sentence. This is why a number of prisoners are freed or have their sentences reduced every year on festive occasions on the orders of the Supreme Leader.

Nazanin Zaghari was arrested in Tehran in 2016 and sentenced to five years in prison on spying charges. Recently, Britain has taken the rare step of supporting her by giving her diplomatic immunity, changing the case from a consular one to an issue between governments.


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The Iranian Ambassador to London, Baeidinejad reacted to the immunity granted by calling it against international law and without legal and executive justification.

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