Emotional family reunions for Zaghari-Ratcliffe and Ashoori as they finally arrive back in UK
Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe and Anoosheh Ashoori have arrived in the UK, touching down at RAF Brize Norton shortly after 1am. Mrs Zaghari-Ratcliffe was detained in Iran for six years and accused of plot
Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe and Anoosheh Ashoori have arrived in the UK, touching down at RAF Brize Norton shortly after 1am.
Mrs Zaghari-Ratcliffe was detained in Iran for six years and accused of plotting to overthrow the government, but will now be reunited with her husband and seven-year-old daughter.
Also on the plane was Anoosheh Ashoori, who had been held in Iran since 2017 on spying charges.
The pair walked down the plane's steps together about 15 minutes after landing, with both giving a brief wave as they set foot again on British soil.
Mr Ashoori could also be seen in the cockpit having a selfie with pilots before he got off.
Foreign Secretary Liz Truss, speaking at the Oxfordshire RAF base, said she wasn't sure the pair would actually be released "until the last minute".
She also tweeted: "Delighted that Nazanin and Anoosheh have landed safely in the UK and are reunited with their families and loved ones. Welcome home."
Long-running efforts to free the Britons finally paid off yesterday when Ms Truss confirmed they were heading home.
The breakthrough came after Britain paid £393.8m to settle a debt related to a tank order placed by Iran in the late 1970s.
Mrs Zaghari-Ratcliffe denied Iran's allegations and her husband Richard fought a high-profile campaign to free her, which included a hunger strike.
Hopes the 43-year-old's release could be near were dashed on several occasions, taking a toll on her physical and mental health.
Another British-Iranian, Morad Tahbaz, has also been released from prison on furlough and the foreign secretary said the government would continue to work on his "long overdue" permanent release.