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Heartbroken husband of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe says news of possibly returning to prison has hit her "hard"

The British-Iranian trapped in Iran Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe will face a new trial next week on charges of spying.

Nazanin was sentenced to five years in prison for spying in 2016 and has been under house arrest in Tehran since March due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Her husband Richard said she has been told to expect to go back to prison after her new trial and that news has hit Nazanin 'hard'.

He told Ben Shephard and Charlotte Hawkins on Good Morning Britain: "I think the news we got on Monday hit Nazanin very hard, she cried all day.

"The reality is she will be in court on Monday, she has been threatened that straight after court she's going back to prison, that is obviously a threat, it hasn't happened yet. I'm sure there will be a court case."

Richard went on to say that Nazanin's legal representative doesn't see any reason to convict her based on the new charges.

"Her lawyer is firmly of the view that there's nothing in the new charges and there's no reason to convict her and any self-respecting judge will acquit her," he said.

Richard also confirmed that he had spoken to Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab on Wednesday to ask him for to ensure the British Embassy attends the trial.

Despite spending nearly five years in prison in Iran, Nazanin has always denied the charges and Richard said he feels that his wife is now being used as a 'political pawn' in a legal dispute between Iran and the UK about an outstanding debt which dates back to before the 1979 revolution.

"They always have been [using her as a political pawn] but it is much clearer now," Richard said. "this is a game of cat and mouse and we just get to be the victims each time."

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