Iran sentences UK-Iranian woman to 5 years in prison

Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe.

Story highlights

  • Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe's prison term was disclosed by the Thomson Reuters Foundation
  • She was accused of working with organizations that Iran says were attempting to overthrow the government
  • Zaghari-Ratcliffe was a project coordinator with the charitable arm of the Thomson Reuters news outlet

(CNN)A British-Iranian woman has been been sentenced to five years in prison for allegedly working with organizations that Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps claims were attempting to overthrow the government.

Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe's prison term was disclosed Friday by her employer, the Thomson Reuters Foundation.
"This is a very serious condemnation that comes without any charges or evidence being made public," foundation CEO Monique Villa said in a statement.
    Zaghari-Ratcliffe, who has dual citizenship, was arrested April 3. She's being held in Kerman prison in southeast Iran.
    She had been visiting family in Iran with her 22-month-old daughter when she was detained at the airport in Tehran as she checked in to fly back to the UK. Her daughter was placed in the care of Zaghari-Ratcliffe's parents in Iran.
    The Iranian government accused her of working for a UK media network allegedly involved in activities against the Islamic Republic, according to an IRGC statement released in June.
    "By being a member of foreign companies and institutions, she has been participating in their scheme and implementation of their media and cyber projects for their soft overthrow of the sacred system of Islamic Republic," the IRGC said.
    "She headed one of the main obstinate networks that have continued their criminal activities during the past few years, under the guidance and support of media and foreign government spy services. "
    Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe is pictured with her husband Richard and daughter Gabriella.