Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe has been reunited with daughter Gabriella and husband Richard Ratcliffe after being freed from Iran – with the couple embracing for the first time in six years.
Emotional scenes followed Zaghari-Ratcliffe’s return to Britain in the early hours of Thursday, which marked the end of years of hell for the charity worker.
As her mother walked down the plane’s stairs, seven-year-old Gabriella was heard asking “is that mummy?”
Her release follows months of intensive negotiations and comes after UK officials finally settled a 40-year £400million debt to Tehran.
Zaghari-Ratcliffe arrived at RAF Brize Norton in Oxfordshire just after 1am on Thursday morning.
She left Iran with fellow British-Iranian Anoosheh Ashoori, 67, on Wednesday after their release was secured.
Gabriella was just 22 months old when her mother was arrested by the Iranian Revolutionary Guard on trumped up charges of plotting against the regime – which she has always denied.
The charity worker was sentenced to five years in the notorious Evin Prison and has been detained in Iran ever since.
Gabriella spent three-and-a-half years living with her maternal grandparents in Iran, visiting her mother in prison each week and Skyping her father in the UK.
She returned to the UK to live with her father and start school in October 2019, hoping that her mother would soon follow behind.
The couple have not seen each other since Zaghari-Ratcliffe travelled to Iran in 2016.
Zaghari-Ratcliffe, her husband and their daughter left RAF Brize Norton after the emotional reunion, which took place behind closed doors.
Pictures were soon posted online by friends and the…