Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe’s Release may Depend on the UK Repaying its Debt to Iran – But can it Lawfully Pay?

Fowler, A. 2021. Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe’s Release may Depend on the UK Repaying its Debt to Iran – But can it Lawfully Pay? The Conversation.

TitleNazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe’s Release may Depend on the UK Repaying its Debt to Iran – But can it Lawfully Pay?
TypeJournal article
AuthorsFowler, A.
Abstract

Richard Ratcliffe’s efforts to secure the release of his wife Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe from Iran, where she has been detained for over five years for “national security-related” offences, have failed to bear fruit, despite his recent 21-day hunger strike outside the UK Foreign Office.

The sticking point, according to many observers, is the UK’s continuing non-payment of £400 million owed by the UK to Iran as a result of the UK’s incomplete fulfilment of a 1970s defence contract. Iran has long sought repayment of the sum, and the debt was confirmed in international arbitration in 2001 and again in 2009.

Former foreign secretary Jeremy Hunt and current defence secretary, Ben Wallace, have also acknowledged the debt.

Even so, the Foreign Office has insisted that the debt and Iran’s detention of dual nationals should not be linked. Politics aside, can the UK lawfully pay?

KeywordsIran
sanctions
non-proliferation
Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe
JournalThe Conversation
Year2021
PublisherThe Conversation
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