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Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe faces new charge of spreading propaganda

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Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe has appeared in Iranian court over the weekend where she denied a new charge of spreading propaganda.

On Saturday, she was also told by Judge Salavati to expect that she will be convicted after he had rejected her choice of lawyer.

Nazanin was allowed to phone the new British Ambassador from prison - her first contact with the Embassy in over 2 years.

She updated him on her case and situation, and requested that he try to visit. She also asked him to issue a formal diplomatic note protesting against the new charges and invented case against her.

Nazanin discussed both with the Judge and the Ambassador a request for her to be released on furlough (temporary release) for Gabriella’s birthday next month.

Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe is keen to be released in time for her daughter Gabriella's birthday

Earlier this month, Richard Ratcliffe spoke of his fears that Nazanin could be taken back to court “within a week or so” on a resurrected charge of spreading propaganda against the regime.

Mrs Zaghari-Ratcliffe was arrested during a visit to show her baby daughter Gabriella to her parents. [](http://www.itv.com/news/2018-05-15/british-mother-jailed-in-iran-could-be-sent-back-to-court-on-fresh-charge/) The 39-year-old mother, from Hampstead, north London, is serving a five-year sentence over allegations, which she denies, of plotting to overthrow the Tehran government.

Nazanin together with Gabriella in happier times