Freedom Candles Glow for Nazanin in Cairo

A candlelight vigil was held Tuesday in Cairo in solidarity with Nazanin Zaghari, a British-Iranian who is currently detained in Iran for 83 days without access to a lawyer.

Zaghari, a Thomson Reuters Foundation project coordinator, was with her 2-year-old daughter on a family visit to Iran where she was arrested, accused of espionage and sent to solitary confinement for several days.

“The Revolutionary Guard knows Nazanin works for a charity rather than anything more sinister,” wrote Zaghari’s husband Richard Ratcliffe in a petition published on urging Prime Minister David Cameron to interfere. The petition received more than 700,000 signatures.

A candlelight vigil was held all over the world for Zaghari Tuesday, calling for her freedom.

“They know she has no work dealings with Iran. They know the last time she worked on a project with any connection to Iran was many years ago as a project assistant. And they know there have been plenty of family trips to Iran since then,” Ratcliffe added.

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