The daughter of a British Irano imprisoned in Tehran returned Thursday night to
UK, announced his father, who hopes that the return of Gabriella, aged 5, will be followed by that of his wife.
"It's a very happy day," Richard Ratcliffe told a press conference in London with the little girl named Gabriella. But it is a bittersweet moment, he added, explaining that his wife is "upset" by the departure of his daughter.
Have to relearn English
The little girl returned to London Thursday night after spending the last three and a half years in Iran, where she visited her mother in prison when authorities allowed her.
Richard Ratcliffe appealed to Prime Minister Boris Johnson to ensure the return of his wife, victim according to his supporters of a diplomatic impasse between London and Tehran. Since the arrest of her mother, the baby girl lived in Iran with her maternal grandparents. She will have to relearn how to speak English to communicate with her father.
An "intimidating journey"
An employee of the Thomson Reuters Foundation – the humanitarian branch of the Canadian-British news agency of the same name -, Ms. Zaghari-Ratcliffe was arrested in April 2016 as she was leaving Iran after taking her elderly daughter. 22 months, visit her family. Accused of seeking to overthrow the Iranian regime, which she denies, she was sentenced to five years in prison. This affair feeds tensions between London and Tehran.
In a letter published last week on the website of the Center for Human Rights in Iran, Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe evoked an "intimidating journey" for the 5-year-old girl, and wrenching for her.
"I have no hope or motivation after my baby's departure. My pain is without measure, "wrote Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, who in July spent several days in the psychiatric unit of a hospital.