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Iran: Detainee with triple nationality who was released as part of deal with UK is sent back to jail 

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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, an environmentalist who was first detained in January 2018, was released from Evin jail “on furlough to his house in Tehran,” UK Foreign Secretary Liz Truss mentioned in a press release on Wednesday.

Tahbaz’s lawyer advised CNN that “security guards surrounded Morad’s home for 48 hours before taking him back to prison.” 

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On Friday, a UK Foreign Office spokesperson mentioned “the Iranians have told the UK government that Morad has been taken to Evin to fit an ankle tag that should have been fitted before his release. We hope to see him returned to his home in the coming hours. Morad Tahbaz is a tri-national and we are working closely with the United States to secure Morad’s permanent release.”
Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, left, and Anoosheh Ashoori, who were freed from Iran, wave after landing at RAF Brize Norton in England on March 17, 2022.

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.”

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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.”

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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.”

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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.

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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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