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Detained British-Iranian Aid Worker To Face Trial On Security Charges

Iranian-British aid worker Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, undated
DUBAI, May 26 (Reuters) -

A detained British-Iranian aid worker sentenced to five years in jail in Iran is to face a second trial on new charges, the semi-official Tasnim news agency on Saturday quoted Tehran Revolutionary Court's head Musa Ghazanfarabadi as saying.

"Ghazanfarabadi said the charge against (Nazanin) Zaghari (-Ratcliffe) in the new case is security-related but did not say whether it was espionage or another charge," Tasnim reported.

Zaghari-Ratcliffe, who works for the Thomson Reuters Foundation, is serving a five-year prison sentence for allegedly planning the "soft toppling" of Iran's government while traveling with her young daughter.

Analysts and family members of dual nationals and others detained in Iran have suggested that hard-liners in the IZaghari-Ratcliffeuse the prisoners as bargaining chips for money or influence. A U.N. panel in September described "an emerging pattern involving the arbitrary deprivation of liberty of dual nationals" in Iran, which Tehran denies.

(Reporting by Dubai newsroom)