By | July 27, 2022

Iran grants environmental activist Morad Tahbaz bail

A British-Iranian prisoner in Iran was released by bail using an electronic wristband.

The environmental activists Morad Tahbaz 66 was released from prison with a furlough notice His lawyer confirmed this and is now back at the home he has been living in since Tehran.

Mr. Tahbaz was told that he was to be released under an agreement which resulted in Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe finally returned home.

When Mrs. Zaghari-Ratcliffe got released in March, Mr. Tahbaz was released from prison after only 48 hours.

His daughter Roxanne reside in the UK told the BBC she was pleased to be granted a furlough “to allow him to receive the medical attention he urgently needs”.

Ms. Tahbaz has called on to the UK government to continue fighting in the “unconditional release,” and she accused ministers of not keeping a conversation open with her regarding what steps were being taken.

 

She added: “My father is a UK-born national and he should have been on the flight with Nazanin four months ago. Home is not in Iran, home is with his children.”

Mr. Tahbaz was arrested in the year 2018 and charged with being an agent of authorities from the Iranian government.

In Iran monitoring endangered animals when he was detained as part of the crackdown against environmentalists as well as several other conservationists.

Mr. Tahbaz and his associates were sentenced to prison for 10 years for a variety of charges, including having spies for the US and compromising Iranian security.

The 66-year-old who was diagnosed with cancer, was released of prison for 48 hours as Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe returned back to the UK in March.

In the meantime, Iranian authorities have blocked him from seeking medical treatment due to a number of serious health conditions according to Amnesty International.

 

His wife, Vida, 64, traveled to Iran following his detention and was placed under a travel ban. She has been barred from leaving the country.

Amnesty International accused Iran of “playing cruel games with a British national for diplomatic gain.”

The UK announced that it had obtained Mr. Tahbaz’s furlough in March, along with his release from Mrs. Zaghari-Ratcliffe. The announcement came as the government agreed to pay the PS400 million bailout to Iran that dates from the 1970s.

It is believed that Mr. Tahbaz’s arrest may have been complicated due to the fact that the man also has US citizenship.

An FCDO spokesperson stated: “The Tahbaz family have confirmed that Morad was freed from Evin Prison on furlough. He is staying at their house in Tehran.

“Morad is a tri-national and we continue to work closely with the United States to urge the Iranian authorities to permanently release him and allow his departure from Iran.”

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