British-Iranian released from prison in Tehran set to run London Marathon
A man who was jailed for nearly five years in Iran for espionage before being released with Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe is set to run the London Marathon on Sunday.
Anoosheh Ashoori, 68, decided to one day run the marathon while serving a minimum sentence of 10 years in Evin prison, Tehran, for charges he denied and condemned by the British government.
Mr Ashoori, a dual British and Iranian citizen, will run the marathon with his son Aryan, 33, on Sunday October 2 to raise funds and awareness for Amnesty International and Hostage International.
Both charities supported him and his family while he was in prison.
“I’m determined to cross the finish line, if my knees don’t fail,” he said in a BBC interview. Today program.
He also said he was dedicating the race to the people of Iran and “to the 85 million prisoners in this country.”
Mr Ashoori was arrested in August 2017 while visiting his elderly mother in Tehran and later convicted of spying for the Israeli intelligence agency Mossad, despite having lived in the UK for 20 years.
The retired civil engineer and Ms Zaghari-Ratcliffe, another British-Iranian dual citizen detained for espionage, were released and repatriated to the UK in March.
His fundraising efforts come after dozens of people were killed and scores more arrested as the government in Tehran began a crackdown on protests in recent days.
The violence was sparked by the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini in police custody after being detained by Iranian morality police because her headscarf was allegedly too loose.
Updated: 01 October 2022, 17:04