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Heartbroken daughter of Brit Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe pens letter begging for mum’s release from Iran jail hell for her fourth birthday

The family will celebrate her birthday on Monday in an event tinged with sadness - as the day will also mark the 800th day Nazanin, 39, has spent behind bars

THE daughter of the British mum jailed in Iran has written a heartbreaking letter begging for her release in time for her birthday.

Little Gabriella Zaghari-Ratcliffe wants her mum, Nazanin, to come to her fourth birthday party.

 Gabriella has been living in Iran since her mum was detained when they were on holiday together
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Gabriella has been living in Iran since her mum was detained when they were on holiday together

The family will celebrate on Monday in an event tinged with sadness - as the day will also mark the 800th day Nazanin, 39, has spent behind bars.

The mum-of-one was detained at Tehran airport after flying in for a holiday with her daughter, and held on spying claims.

After being detained for over five months, initially in solitary confinement for 45 days without access to a lawyer, Nazanin was sentenced to five years in prison in September 2016 after being convicted of “membership of an illegal group”.

Gabriella has remained in Iran so she can still see her mum, but her dad Richard is unable to get a visa to visit.

 Nazanin was sentenced to five years in prison in September 2016
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Nazanin was sentenced to five years in prison in September 2016
 The family have been separated for two years
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The family have been separated for two years

Nazanin, a project manager with the Thomson Reuters Foundation – the charitable arm of the news agency – and a former BBC employee, is eligible for temporary release for her daughter's birthday, but the family fear it won't be granted.

In desperation Gabriella has written to Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson and the Iranian foreign minister, to ask for their help.

Richard told the Mirror: "One letter has a picture of a girl with flowers, a cake, and a king and queen.

"The other is a girl with a Mummy. I am proud she wrote letters.

“Like all parents you want your children to grow up confident, secure and strong, but her believing she can change the world is a good thing to try for. It’s very easy to get very cynical.”

 Richard has been fighting to get his wife freed from Britain
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Richard has been fighting to get his wife freed from Britain
 Richard has been working with Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson to get Nazanin freed from the Iran jail
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Richard has been working with Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson to get Nazanin freed from the Iran jail

He added that Gabriella is convinced her mum will be at her party now after she wrote the letters.

Last month we reported how Nazanin pleaded with a judge to be able to go home so she can have another baby before it's too late.

She was told she faced new charges of "spreading propaganda" and is likely to be convicted.

And Boris Johnson today insisted the Foreign Office is working on a daily basis to free her.

What has Boris Johnson said about her imprisonment?

In November 2017, Boris Johnson vowed to phone his Iranian counterpart over fears that he made comments which could lead to Nazanin's sentence being doubled.

The Foreign Secretary said the British-Iranian was "teaching journalism" during her visit to the country before she was arrested — but her family insists she was visiting family.

Her defence has been that she was merely visiting relatives on holiday with her then 18-month-old daughter.

Iran’s judiciary claims Boris Johnson’s “confession” has “voided” the UK government’s case

Boris has since apologised for his remarks.

Following "frank" talks between the Iranians and Mr Johnson Ms Nazanin Zaghari's court case was postponed and she was not summoned to a trial as had been expected.

Boris said the trip to Iran was successful and he hoped that Nazanin could be released.

The 40-year-old charity worker appeared at the hearing where she was presented with a 200-page document and told she needed a new lawyer.

Richard, speaking to The Sun Online, dismissed the so-called evidence against her.

He said: "Most of it seems to be press cuttings of our campaign, it's not ‘evidence’ of her having done stuff.”

The mum now takes anti-depressants, sleeping tablets and medication for panic attacks after spending so long in prison.

Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe's husband Richad Ratcliffe, shocked about the second case against his wife in Iran


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