Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe has UK passport returned, MP says.

Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe has UK passport returned, MP says.

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Douglas Quaid

1,630 posts

62 months

Wednesday 16th March
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S600BSB said:
I hope Nazanin's husband gets some sort of recognition - an honour or something - for the amazing job he has done keeping global attention on his wife's incarceration over all these years.
I suspect she’ll be giving him that tonight.

Petrus1983

6,503 posts

139 months

Wednesday 16th March
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andyA700 said:
Good to know she is on a plane along with the other guy who has been released. It won't be a direct flight unless it is a private jet, because the Iran Air flights to Heathrow are Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday. A Mahan air flight - IRM114 - left for Istanbul just over half an hour ago.
Oman Air Force?



Eta - if you look at the shape of the window when she’s on the plane then I’d say that’s a very Gulfstream type window.

Edited by Petrus1983 on Wednesday 16th March 14:32

Countdown

33,806 posts

173 months

Wednesday 16th March
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Ian Geary said:
Another success for Russia

They've made Iran palatable again

Go team Putin!
It's odd how some countries are considered "palatable" and others aren't.

andyA700

1,092 posts

14 months

Wednesday 16th March
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Petrus1983 said:
andyA700 said:
Good to know she is on a plane along with the other guy who has been released. It won't be a direct flight unless it is a private jet, because the Iran Air flights to Heathrow are Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday. A Mahan air flight - IRM114 - left for Istanbul just over half an hour ago.
Oman Air Force?



Eta - if you look at the shape of the window when she’s on the plane then I’d say that’s a very Gulfstream type window.

Edited by Petrus1983 on Wednesday 16th March 14:32
Yeah, well done, I hadn't heard about that. It makes sense, Iran and Oman have good relations.

https://www.flightradar24.com/MJN582/2b284833

Petrus1983

6,503 posts

139 months

Wednesday 16th March
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andyA700 said:
Yeah, well done, I hadn't heard about that. It makes sense, Iran and Oman have good relations.

https://www.flightradar24.com/MJN582/2b284833
I doubt it will be in the press until she’s safely at the British Embassy.


Eta - BBC are reporting the husband as saying she’s coming ‘home’ on Wednesday, so could be wrong afterall.

Edited by Petrus1983 on Wednesday 16th March 14:51

LeadFarmer

6,268 posts

108 months

Wednesday 16th March
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The peace and quiet for her husband is now over. Bet he's frantically trying to clean the house and soaking the mould from cups and pans in the bath biggrin

Trevatanus

10,768 posts

127 months

Wednesday 16th March
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Not sure if it’s how the app works, or was this a diversion?
Was not showing a destination earlier

Petrus1983

6,503 posts

139 months

Wednesday 16th March
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LeadFarmer said:
The peace and quiet for her husband is now over. Bet he's frantically trying to clean the house and soaking the mould from cups and pans in the bath biggrin
I was thinking about the daughter this morning - virtually her whole life has been without having a mother - it’s going to take a while for the new dynamics to settle in.

Petrus1983

6,503 posts

139 months

Wednesday 16th March
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Trevatanus said:
Not sure if it’s how the app works, or was this a diversion?
Was not showing a dest earlier
Standard approach.

I’m now wondering if she’ll be transferred to a British plane once /if she gets to Oman as we’ve got a big base out there but the Iranians probably wouldn’t allow us to fly over their airspace to pick them up directly.

TTmonkey

18,151 posts

224 months

Wednesday 16th March
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So we paid them their 400 million back to ensure this happens.

Did it have to take so long?

Theraveda

400 posts

5 months

Wednesday 16th March
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TTmonkey said:
So we paid them their 400 million back to ensure this happens.

Did it have to take so long?
No. Successive Governments made a pig's ear of the whole thing.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m0014fzy

Petrus1983

6,503 posts

139 months

Wednesday 16th March
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TTmonkey said:
So we paid them their 400 million back to ensure this happens.

Did it have to take so long?
Sadly I’d say it’s more about forcing Putins hand than releasing them. £400m vs increased British military involvement is probably small change.

TTmonkey

18,151 posts

224 months

Wednesday 16th March
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Massive back slapping going on across party lines in the house just now.

catso

14,227 posts

244 months

Wednesday 16th March
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TTmonkey said:
So we paid them their 400 million back to ensure this happens.

Did it have to take so long?
Should have given them the (1970s) tanks instead. scratchchin

rjfp1962

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5,377 posts

50 months

Wednesday 16th March
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TTmonkey said:
So we paid them their 400 million back to ensure this happens.

Did it have to take so long?
Just listening to Foreign Secretary Liz Truss in the House Of Commons, saying much of this being acheived was a change in the Iranian government last year - I'm guessing when Hassan Rohani was succeeded by Ebrahim Raisi as Iranian president in August election last year..

JagLover

37,659 posts

212 months

Wednesday 16th March
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TTmonkey said:
So we paid them their 400 million back to ensure this happens.

Did it have to take so long?
Paying 400 million to secure her release sounds very much like paying a ransom to release hostages to me. Which might have some bearing on why it "took so long".

Hopefully Iran wont be looking to arrest further dual nationals in the future to give it leverage.

bitchstewie

40,476 posts

187 months

Wednesday 16th March
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Excellent news and all credit to her husband and everyone else who ensured her situation wasn't forgotten about.

deadslow

7,297 posts

200 months

Wednesday 16th March
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JagLover said:
TTmonkey said:
So we paid them their 400 million back to ensure this happens.

Did it have to take so long?
Paying 400 million to secure her release sounds very much like paying a ransom to release hostages to me. Which might have some bearing on why it "took so long".

Hopefully Iran wont be looking to arrest further dual nationals in the future to give it leverage.
the 400m was owed. This has been established in the highest courts. They should have paid it years ago and had her out.

Suddenly we need oil/gas and she's free in a fortnight.

Glad she's home, but no thanks to Boris et al.

JagLover

37,659 posts

212 months

Wednesday 16th March
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deadslow said:
the 400m was owed. This has been established in the highest courts. They should have paid it years ago and had her out.

Suddenly we need oil/gas and she's free in a fortnight.

Glad she's home, but no thanks to Boris et al.
It was owed but it was claimed unable to be paid due to sanctions that had been imposed upon Iran. Now the UK seems to have paid it to release what amounts to two hostages.


deadslow

7,297 posts

200 months

Wednesday 16th March
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JagLover said:
deadslow said:
the 400m was owed. This has been established in the highest courts. They should have paid it years ago and had her out.

Suddenly we need oil/gas and she's free in a fortnight.

Glad she's home, but no thanks to Boris et al.
It was owed but it was claimed unable to be paid due to sanctions that had been imposed upon Iran. Now the UK seems to have paid it to release what amounts to two hostages.
they've paid it to get oil; the hostage was left rotting in Iran for 6 years until current events lit a fire under Johnson's self-serving arse.