Iran. A triple national prisoner who was released under a deal with the UK is sent back to prison

Morad Tahbaz, also a US citizen, spent 48 hours “under house arrest” with an ankle bracelet before being taken back to prison, according to his lawyer Hojjat Kermani.

Tahbaz, an environmentalist who was first arrested in January 2018, has been released from Evin prison “on leave at his house in Tehran”, British Foreign Secretary Liz Truss said in a statement on Wednesday.

Tahbaz’s attorney told CNN that “security officers surrounded Morad’s home for 48 hours before taking him back to jail.”

On Friday, a British Foreign Office spokesman said that “the Iranians told the British government that Morad had been taken to Evin to fit an ankle tag there which should have been fitted before his release. We hope to see him return home within the next few hours Morad Tahbaz is a tri-national and we are working closely with the United States to secure Morad’s final release.

A spokesperson for the US State Department also told CNN that “Iran has made a commitment to the UK to furlough Morad Tahbaz. As the UK government has said, the UK has been informed that Morad had been returned to Evin prison only to be fitted with an ankle tag, after which he will be allowed to return home.”

The spokesperson added that the United States is not “a party to this arrangement, but would join the United Kingdom in viewing anything short of Morad’s immediate discharge as a breach of the government’s commitment. ‘Iran”.

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Saturday morning, CNN cannot confirm whether Tahbaz has been released and placed under house arrest.

The US is ‘urgently consulting’ with the UK on appropriate responses and said it continues ‘to work night and day to secure the release of our wrongfully detained citizens, including US-British citizen Morad Tahbaz”.

The State Department spokesperson added, “Put simply, Iran is unjustly detaining innocent Americans and others and should release them immediately.”

Following the release of Zaghari-Ratcliffe and Ashoori earlier this week, Truss announced that the UK had settled a decades-old debt of £400 million ($524 million) owed to Iran, which Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian denied being linked to the release from prison on Wednesday.

Ramin Mostaghim reported from Tehran, Celine Alkhaldi wrote from Abu Dhabi, Ruba Alhenawi and Maija Ehlinger wrote from Atlanta, Arnaud Siad wrote from London, and Jennifer Hansler wrote from the State Department. CNN’s Jeevan Ravindran contributed to this report.


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