Morad Tahbaz, who is additionally a US citizen, spent 48 hours “under house arrest” with an ankle bracelet earlier than being taken back to jail, in accordance to his lawyer Hojjat Kermani.
Tahbaz’s lawyer advised CNN that “security guards surrounded Morad’s home for 48 hours before taking him back to prison.”
A spokesperson for the US State Department additionally advised CNN that “Iran made a commitment to the UK to furlough Morad Tahbaz. As the UK government has said, the UK has been told that Morad has been returned to Evin prison solely to be fitted with an ankle tag, after which he will be allowed to go home.”
The spokesperson added that the US is not “a party to this arrangement, but would join the UK in considering anything short of Morad’s immediate furlough a violation of Iran’s commitment.”
As of Saturday morning, CNN can not affirm whether or not Tahbaz has been rereleased from jail and back below home arrest.
The US is “urgently consulting” with the UK on acceptable responses and mentioned it continues “to work night and day to secure the release of our wrongfully detained citizens, including U.S.-UK citizen Morad Tahbaz.”
The State Dept. spokesperson added, “simply put, Iran is unjustly detaining innocent Americans and others and should release them immediately.”
Following the discharge of Zaghari-Ratcliffe and Ashoori earlier this week, Truss introduced the UK had settled a decades-old £400 million ($524 million) debt owed to Iran, which Iran’s Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian denied was linked to the jail launch on Wednesday.
Ramin Mostaghim reported from Tehran, Celine Alkhaldi wrote from Abu Dhabi, Ruba Alhenawi and Maija Ehlinger wrote from Atlanta, Arnaud Siad wrote from London and Jennifer Hansler wrote from the State Department. CNN’s Jeevan Ravindran contributed to this report.
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