Iran accuses British citizen of attempt to 'overthrow' regime

Iran accuses British citizen of attempt to 'overthrow' regime

Iranian authorities have accused of a British citizen of plotting to “overthrow the Islamic Republic”, offering its first explanation for why the woman has been detained.

A programme manager for the Thomson Reuters Foundation, Nazanin Zaghari, 37, was arrested on April 3 as she tried to leave Iran with her daughter.

A statement from the Revolutionary Guard Corps accused her of being "involved in the soft overthrow of the Islamic Republic” through “her membership of foreign companies and institutions”.

The statement claimed that Zaghari had been "identified" as one of the "heads of foreign-linked hostile networks".

She was allegedly working "under the direction of media and intelligence services of foreign governments".

Zaghari was first held in solitary confinement in Kerman province. She has since been transferred to Evin jail in the capital, from where she was allowed to telephone her parents on Monday, the Telegraph reports.