British Council worker in Iran returns to UK
London: The British Council said on Wednesday that a member of its staff returned to the UK after being cleared on appeal from a 10-year prison sentence for “cultural infiltration” in Iran.
“British Council employee and Iranian citizen Aras Amiri has been acquitted by Iran’s Supreme Court of all charges against her, following a successful appeal by her lawyer,” the organization said. cultural in a press release.
“She was released from detention and returned to the UK,” he added, calling her ordeal “a long and difficult period”. The British Council, which promotes culture and language in more than 100 countries around the world, has had no staff or offices in Iran since 2009.
The Iranian government announced in 2019 a ban on all collaboration with the organization. Amiri, who lives in the UK, was arrested in 2018 while traveling to visit relatives in Iran. In May 2019, she was jailed for 10 years.
Prime Minister at the time, Theresa May, called the sentence “totally shocking”. The British government has condemned the detention of several Iranians with dual British nationality or based in the United Kingdom as hostage-taking aimed at putting pressure on the West.