Britain preparing to transfer 400 million pounds to Iran

Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe
Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe

Britain is preparing to transfer over 400 million pounds to Iran as it seeks the release of a jailed Iranian-British aid worker, The Telegraph newspaper reported, citing unidentified British sources.

Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, a project manager with the Thomson Reuters Foundation, was sentenced to five years after being convicted by an Iranian court of plotting to overthrow the clerical establishment. She denies the charges.

Britain has sought legal advice over whether it could transfer the funds which it owes as a result of a disputed arms deal in the 1970s. Diplomats told the newspaper that any payment should not be linked to the fate of Zaghari-Ratcliffe.

The Thomson Reuters Foundation is a charity organisation that is independent of Thomson Reuters. It operates independently of Reuters News.

A spokesman for Britain’s Foreign Office could not be reached for comment out of normal business hours.


  • Rudy1947

    Run down to the Iranian embassy in England, grab a couple of diplomats and ask for an exchange. Fight extortion with extortion.

  • Danny Farah

    Typical Iranian extortionate government this is their motto been since Khameini took over.
    They did that to Obama and that’s modern day piracy. And they say they are better than the Saudis. God save Lebanon from the teeth of these Mullahs.

    • Rascal

      They earn their reputation as a terrorist state honestly

  • Arzna

    I am really shocked that the UK would do something like this.
    The UK should have instead insisted on Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe’s release before wiring a penny

  • Rascal

    So Britain is paying ransom to the Iranian hostage takers. Iran is the master at this, that is for sure.

  • Rainbow Sponge

    Britain could instead spend the £400 million on overthrowing the clerical establishment. Could launch 600 Tomahawk missiles with that money.