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The British-Iranian mother was allowed out of her cell this week and was able to spend time with her young daughter Gabriella, who is staying with family in Tehran.

Indeed, the flourishes (notably the Iranian and upper-class English accents) are distracting and undermine the focus on Nazanin's imprisonment and the work of her husband to secure her release.

She is set to return today but relatives had hoped her release would be extended for a further two weeks.

He said their daughter Gabriella, who has been staying with family in Iran, cried when she realised her mother was leaving.

She had said goodbye to Gabriella, who was crying and wanted to know why she had to go back.

Having received mixed messages throughout the day, she was then told she had to return to prison by sunset on Sunday as the necessary permit had not been signed off.

Mrs Zaghari-Ratcliffe's family have previously criticised the United Kingdom government for not negotiating her release.

Ratcliffe and his supporters have held multiple protests and vigils in London to seek her release, attracting celebrity support from the likes of Oscar-winning actress Emma Thompson.

Richard Ratcliffe said his wife's lawyer had been attempting to get her three-day release from Evin prison on furlough increased to a longer period yesterday.

A tweet on the official "Free Nazanin" Twitter account said: "We have just heard the sad news that Nazanin's extension has been refused and she has returned to prison".

She has always denied the allegation, but was convicted previous year.

"I was surprised it happened, I was elated on Friday", he said.

"We do not think it is in the best interests of any of our dual national detainees to provide a running commentary on individual cases", the foreign ministry said in a statement.

Ratcliffe suggested there had been a change in Britain's relationship with Iran since Hunt replaced Johnson last month.

Ratcliffe, who has been unable to get an Iranian visa, said his wife's temporary release had been both a good sign and a hard experience.

The then-foreign secretary later stated in the Commons that he had "no doubt" she was on holiday and had called Tehran to clarify after the Iranian authorities moved to double her sentence.


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