July 17, 2019 / 12:23 PM / 5 months ago

UK extremely concerned about jailed British-Iranian aid worker

FILE PHOTO: Richard Ratcliffe, husband of British-Iranian dual national Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, poses for a photograph after delivering a Mother's Day card and flowers to the Iranian Embassy in London, Britain March 31, 2019. REUTERS/Simon Dawson

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain is extremely concerned about the welfare of the jailed British-Iranian aid worker Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe and wants to see her released, a spokesman for Prime Minister Theresa May said on Wednesday.

Zaghari-Ratcliffe, a project manager with the Thomson Reuters Foundation, has been transferred from prison to a hospital psychiatric ward, the campaign group seeking to free her said earlier on Wednesday.

She was arrested in April 2016 at a Tehran airport as she headed back to Britain with her daughter after a family visit and was sentenced to five years in jail after being convicted of plotting to overthrow Iran’s clerical establishment.

Her family and the Foundation, a charity organization that operates independently of Thomson Reuters and Reuters News, deny the charge.

Reporting by Elizabeth Piper; writing by Kate Holton; Editing by Andrew Heavens

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