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Iran: British national could be eligible for early release

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Iran’s semi-official ISNA news agency is reporting that the country’s judiciary spokesman says a British-Iranian woman detained since 2016 could be eligible for an early conditional release next month after completing a third of her sentence, if she does not face new charges.

Gholamhosein Mohseni Ejehi noted a law relating to conditional releases upon completion of a third of the term for sentences less than 10 years, according to the report.

Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe is serving a five-year sentence for allegedly plotting to overthrow the government. Iranian authorities have said she has another case pending, but have not elaborated.

Zaghari-Ratcliffe was detained in April 2016 and will have served a third of her sentence by January 2018.

Iranian authorities accused her of links to mass protests in 2009, which she denies, and sentenced her to five years in jail for sedition. They do not recognize dual nationality.

Ejehi says Iran’s judiciary will act accordingly, according to the report.