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Fears grow for Stockport student imprisoned in Iran

Concern is growing for a student from Stockport who has spent the past five months in prison in Iran.

Roya Nobakht was arrested by police over comments she is alleged to have posted on facebook.

It is understood she has been accused of insulting Islam and intending to commit a crime against national security.

Her family insist she has done nothing wrong.

Rob Smith reports.

Stockport student in prison in Iran over facebook comments

Roya Saberi Negad Nobakht Credit: Manchester Evening News

A student from Stockport is in prison in Iran over comments she is alleged to have made to friends on Facebook.

Roya Saberi Negad Nobakht, who was visiting family was arrested five months ago as she got off a plane in Shiraz.

Roya Saberi Negad Nobakht and husband Daryoush Taghipoor Credit: Manchester Evening News

The 47-year-old was arrested on suspicion of plotting to commit crimes against security and insulting Islam.

Her husband Daryoush Taghipoor told the Manchester Evening News "It's a very bad situation. We don't know what's going on.

Roya is not well at all. She has lost three stone and is frightened. She is scared that the government will kill her."

Andrew Stunell, Hazel Grove MP, said: “I am concerned about this arbitrary arrest and am urgently asking the Foreign Office to make inquiries on her behalf.”

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'New evidence' leads to re-arrest of Stepping Hill nurse

Victorino Chua wearing a black woollen hat arrested at his home in Heaton Chapel, Stockport.
Victorino Chua arrested at his home in Heaton Chapel, Stockport. Credit: Manchester Evening News

Police have re-arrested a nurse in connection with poisoning deaths at a Stepping Hill hospital in Stockport.

Victorino Chua, 48, was held last year on suspicion of tampering with medical records at the hospital.

Victorino Chua wearing a black woollen hat arrested at his home in Heaton Chapel, surrounded by group of police in plain clothes.
Victorino Chua arrested at his home in Heaton Chapel, Stockport this morning. Credit: Manchester Evening News

The father of two was questioned on suspicion of three counts of murder and various counts of causing grievous bodily harm.

Chua was due to answer his bail next week but was arrested at his home today after it is understood new evidence emerged in the inquiry.

Police have been investigating how saline solution was contaminated at the hospital, poisoning 22 patients in June and July 2011.

The deaths of Tracey Arden, 44, Arnold Lancaster, 71, and Derek Weaver, 83, are being treated as murder.

Five others died several months after it was believed they were poisoned.

They are among a number of cases being treated as grievous bodily harm.

Nurse re-arrested in Stepping Hill probe

Police have been investigating how saline solution was contaminated at Stepping Hill, poisoning 22 patients in June and July 2011.

The deaths of Tracey Arden, 44, Arnold Lancaster, 71, and Derek Weaver, 83, are being treated as murder.

Five others died several months after it was believed they were poisoned.

They are among a number of cases being treated as grievous bodily harm.

A 48-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of three counts of murder, 18 counts of causing grievous bodily harm with intent and offences of poisoning under Section 24 of the Offences Against the Person Act.

He remains in police custody for questioning.

– Greater Manchester Police
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