Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, a program coordinator for the Thomson Reuters Foundation, has been charged by Iran of plotting to overthrow the government, The New York Times reports. The Iran-born British national was arrested in Tehran in April for heretofore unexplained reasons.
In a statement released via state media, the Revolutionary Guards, Iran’s chief security force, said Ms. Zaghari-Ratcliffe “has participated in coup plots” through her “membership in foreign companies and institutions.” The foundation, an independent charitable arm of the Thomson Reuters news agency that reports on global philanthropy and aid work, denied the allegations, and the detainee’s British husband, Richard Ratcliffe, called them “preposterous.”
An online petition launched by Mr. Ratcliffe to press for his wife’s release has 764,000 signatures. Thomson Reuters is regarded with suspicion and hostility in Iran because of its British origins, and Tehran yanked the company’s press accreditation in 2012. The foundation said Ms. Zaghari-Ratcliffe, a four-year employee, was not in Iran in a professional capacity and has never worked inside the country.