Iran indicts four dual citizens

TEHRAN, July 11 (UPI) — Four people with dual citizenship have been indicted on undisclosed charges in Iran, the prosecutor general of Tehran said Monday.

Jafari Dowlatabadi said the cases of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, a dual Iranian-British citizen, Homa Hoodfar, an Iranian-Canadian, Nazar Zaka, a U.S.-Lebanese, and Siamak Namazi, an Iranian-American, have been sent to the court.

Zaghari-Ratcliffe, 37, a project manager with the Thomson Reuters Foundation, the news agency’s charitable arm, was arrested April 3 in Tehran by Iranian Revolutionary Guard. She and her 22-month-old daughter, Gabriella, were attempting to board a flight from Tehran Imam Khomeini International Airport to Britain.

The child has been placed in the care of her family in Iran and Zaghari-Ratcliffe has been held in solitary confinement at an undisclosed location.

Zaghari-Ratcliffe’s husband, Richard Ratcliffe, told The Guardian, “I had hoped that Nazanin would be released for the Eid at the end of Ramadan, and requested it from the supreme leader and from the head of the judiciary directly and via the Iranian ministry of foreign affairs. However, the case has now been transferred to pre-court.”

Ratcliffe has a petition on asking Prime Minister David Cameron to use his power to help return his wife and child to Britain.

Zaghari-Ratcliffe “is a main ringleader of hostile institutions who had been involved in criminal activities over the past years under the auspices of the foreign governments’ media and espionage services,” a statement from the Revolution Guards said.

Hoodfar, 65, is a retired professor of social anthropologist at Concordia University in Montreal who was arrested in June. Namazi, a businessman, was jailed in October. Zakka, a 49-year-old technology expert, has been held in Iran since last September.

Other dual nationals held in Iran include Kamal Foroughi, a British-Iranian businessman, and Namazi’s 80-year-old father, Baquer Namazi, a former UNICEF official. Nazak Afshar, a French-Iranian who is a former employee of the French embassy in Tehran, was sentenced to six years in April.

Iran doesn’t recognize dual nationalities and those detained cannot receive consular assistance.

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