There is no evidence for new charges against the British-Iranian charity worker that she plotted against Tehran. She’s a political prisoner and Britain should support her

• Shirin Ebadi is a Nobel peace laureate

Last week in Iran, while most global attention focused on Donald Trump’s threat to shred the nuclear deal, new charges were brought against the British-Iranian charity worker, Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe. Arrested last year while on holiday with her one-year-old, Nazanin faces 16 additional years behind bars. She is currently serving five years, accused of plotting to overthrow the Iranian regime. The news comes just one month before she was eligible for early release.

Last month, Iran’s president, Hassan Rouhani, attended the UN general assembly. He met with Theresa May, and openly called for a new era to end Iran’s isolation. His argument was clear: engage with Iran and new business opportunities will emerge.

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