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Freed British woman says Iran forced her to sign false confession

Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe speaks during a press conference hosted by her local MP Tulip Siddiq, in the Macmillan Room, Portcullis House, following her release from detention in Iran, in London, March 21, 2022. (Victoria Jones/Pool Photo via AP)
Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe speaks during a press conference hosted by her local MP Tulip Siddiq, in the Macmillan Room, Portcullis House, following her release from detention in Iran, in London, March 21, 2022. (Victoria Jones/Pool Photo via AP)

A British-Iranian charity worker who was detained in Tehran for almost six years says she was forced by Iranian officials to sign a false confession to spying before she was freed two months ago.

Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe says British government officials were present at Tehran airport when “under duress” she signed the false admission to spying. She says she was told by Iranian officials that “you won’t be able to get on the plane” unless she signed.

“The whole thing of me signing the forced confession was filmed,” Zaghari-Ratcliffe tells the BBC in an interview broadcast today. “It’s a tool. So I’m sure they will show that some day.”

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