Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe was forced to sign a false confession before being released

Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe has revealed she was forced to sign a “false confession” at the airport before Iran allowed her to leave the country.

The dual British-Iranian national signed the statement “under duress” before a British government witness, where she was forced to admit to the Iranians’ allegations after they had accused her of espionage for six years, a charge she denied.

The mother-of-one said the experience – captured on camera by Iranians – was “dehumanizing” and she expects Tehran to use it against her in the future.

The Iranians told her Britain has now paid off a historic £400m debt dating back to the 1970s.

The charity worker said she was taken to the airport by the Revolutionary Guards without seeing her parents on the day in March that she was supposed to be freed.

“Instead I had to sign the coerced confession at the airport in the presence of the British government,” Ms Zaghari-Ratcliffe told the BBC.

“They told me, ‘You can’t get on the plane.’ And I knew that was like a last-minute play because I knew that they … They told me they got the money,” she said.

Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe and her husband Richard Ratcliffe (L) attend a press conference hosted by MP Tulip Siddiq following her release after six years in prison in Iran

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“So what’s the point of making me sign a fake piece of paper? It’s a false confession.”

She told the BBC’s Emma Barnett that a British official was present when she signed the document.

“The whole thing of me signing the forced confession was filmed,” added Ms Zaghari-Ratcliffe.

“It’s a tool. I’m sure they will show that one day.”

Earlier this month, her husband Richard Ratcliffe alluded to “mistakes at the end” of the ordeal in Iran.

Following his wife’s first meeting with Boris Johnson since their release, Mr Ratcliffe said: “I think there are lessons to be learned, there is a broader problem.

“We ended up talking about the mistakes we made. It was tough in the end and I think if Nazanin is willing to talk about it, we’ll have to get through this.”

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Bobby Allyn

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