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British woman jailed in Iran to face 'propaganda' charges

Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, serving five years 'coup plot', to face fresh charge weeks after UK foreign secretary cast doubt on her activities
Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe was on holiday in Iran when she was arrested (AFP)

Iran has told jailed Iranian-British aid worker Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe that she will appear in court next month accused of spreading propaganda, her husband Richard said on Thursday.

"She's been told she will appear in court on 10 December," he told Reuters. He said that he understood she would appear in court charged with spreading propaganda.

Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, a project manager with the Thomson Reuters Foundation, was sentenced to five years after being convicted by an Iranian court of plotting to overthrow the clerical establishment. She denies the charges.

Zaghari-Ratcliffe's fate become a major political issue in Britain after the foreign secretary, Boris Johnson, made remarks on 1 November that appeared to cast doubts on her activities in Iran.

The Thomson Reuters Foundation, a charity organisation that is independent of Thomson Reuters and operates independently of Reuters News, said she had been on holiday.

Johnson told a parliamentary committee he understood she had been teaching people journalism before her arrest in April 2016. He later apologised for his remarks.

The Thomson Reuters Foundation said she had not been training journalists in Iran.

Iranian state television has said Johnson's comments showed Zaghari-Ratcliffe's guilt and that she was involved in spying.

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