Iran returns passport of detained UK charity worker

LONDON (AP) — Iranian authorities have returned the passport of a British woman who has been detained in the country for nearly six years, raising hopes for progress in negotiations for her release.

Charity worker Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe remains at her parents’ home in Tehran, said Tulip Siddiq, her local UK lawmaker

“I also understand that there is a UK negotiating team in Tehran at the moment,” Siddiq said on Twitter. “I will continue to post updates as I receive them.”

Zaghari-Ratcliffe, who has dual British-Iranian nationality, served five years in prison after being taken into custody at Tehran airport in April 2016. She was later found guilty of plotting to overthrow the Iranian government, a charge she, her supporters and her rights groups deny.

She has been under house arrest and unable to leave the country since her release.

Zaghari-Ratcliffe’s local lawyer, Hojjat Kermani, also told The Associated Press that she had received her British passport. However, Kermani said she remains prohibited from leaving the country.

“We hope that these negotiations will be concluded soon,” he said.

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