Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe is denied an extension to her Iran bail

Campaigners have staged protests to demand the release of Nazanin Zaghari Ratcliffe

Campaigners have staged protests to demand the release of Nazanin Zaghari Ratcliffe

The British woman who has been imprisoned in Iran for two and a half years has said she has lost her faith after being forced to returned to her jail cell.

Mrs Zaghari-Ratcliffe, a dual Iranian-British national, was arrested in April 2016 at a Tehran airport when she and her then 22-month-old daughter, Gabriella, were about to return to the United Kingdom after a family visit.

Earlier on Sunday, Mrs Zaghari-Ratcliffe went to see the deputy prosecutor with her lawyer and was told she would not need to return to Evin prison immediately.

Responding to the news she had returned to jail, her local MP Tulip Sadiq tweeted: "Very sad to hear that Nazanin's extension was not granted, and she has been taken back into prison this evening".

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.

She is serving a five-year jail sentence for alleged sedition. It was quite emotional for her, she wanted to show her to her friends and say, "Look, this is my mummy, and she's out of prison".

The British-Iranian mother was released from the Tehran jail on Thursday and has been staying with family outside the capital.

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Mr Ratcliffe had been told by lawyers that they were "confident" the three-day reprieve would be extended.

"I still find it an extraordinary decision", he said in the statement.

Other prisoners released from the same prison for a few days are still out a month later - something the family had hoped would also happen to Mrs Zaghari-Ratcliffe. "It is cruel. It is beyond cruel".

She had only been given 10 minutes' notice that she was being released on Thursday, the campaign said. The possibility of a temporary release had been discussed previously, but there had been a number of "false dawns".

Gabriella has been staying with family since Mrs Zaghari-Ratcliffe, who works for the Thomson Reuters Foundation, was detained at Imam Khomeini airport in April 2016.

Boris Johnson provoked consternation in November past year when he told MPs that Mrs Zaghari-Ratcliffe had been "training journalists" in Iran.

Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt has been praised for saying her release was a "priority" for Britain.

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