Iran should realise jailing Nazanin Zaghari‑Ratcliffe harms its security | Simon Tisdall

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It is Tehran’s hardline clerics who are endangering the nation, not innocents languishing in the nation’s jails

Iran’s merciless persecution of Nazanin Zaghari‑Ratcliffe, the Iranian-British woman held in Tehran’s Evin prison on spurious charges of spying, is deeply disturbing. What possible purpose was served by the airing this week on state television of a video showing her arrest in April 2016, as she prepared to board a plane to London?

When accosted by security men, Zaghari-Ratcliffe does not for a moment act guilty. She is not concealing anything. She does not try to run away. She looked then like the person she still is today: frightened, alarmed, uncomprehending and, above all, innocent. Showing this video was the regime’s latest, pathetic effort to justify the unjustifiable.

Related: Video of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe’s arrest shown on Iranian state TV

It’s plain that the supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, though old, ailing and underqualified, still casts a reactionary shadow over the regime’s external dealings

Related: Iran digging ‘diplomatic grave’ over Zaghari-Ratcliffe, says Thornberry

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