Kamal Foroughi, an 80-year-old man with twin Iranian-British nationality, has returned to the UK 9 years after being arrested in Iran on spying prices, the British Overseas and Commonwealth Workplace stated in a press release.
Foroughi, who was working as a enterprise advisor when he was arrested, was launched from detention in Tehran in late 2018. However he was unable to return to his household within the UK as he waited for his Iranian passport to be renewed.
“I’m happy and really relieved that Kamal Foroughi has been capable of return to the UK and be reunited along with his household,” stated Dominic Raab, the UK’s overseas secretary.
“I pay tribute to Kamal and his household, who’ve been by way of a horrible ordeal, and now have the chance to rebuild their life collectively.”
Between his arrest in 2011 and his court docket date practically two years later, Foroughi was held largely in solitary confinement. He was held in Tehran’s infamous Evin jail, and for a number of years obtained no household or humanitarian guests.
Rights teams additionally celebrated Foroughi’s return.
“It is lengthy, lengthy overdue however that is marvellous information,” stated Kate Allen, Amnesty Worldwide UK’s director.
“We’re delighted for Kamal and his son Kamran, who has fought an extended and extremely tough marketing campaign to get his father out of jail and safely again to the UK.
“Like so many different folks in Iran, not least a number of dual-nationals, Mr Foroughi had a blatantly unfair trial and may by no means have been in jail in any respect, by no means…