Reacting to the news of Anoosheh Ashoori’s release from detention and on his arrival back to the United Kingdom, Janet Daby, Member of Parliament for Lewisham East said:
“I am beyond thrilled to hear the news of Anoosheh’s release. I am incredibly happy for Anoosheh, his wife Sherry, his children Elika and Aryan, as well as all his family and friends. I can only imagine the pain and sadness that they have gone through. Now an awful nightmare has come to an end. I will be joining in with Anoosheh’s family in crying joyfully at his return.
It is right that the issue of the long-standing 400-million-pound debt was addressed by the British Government to secure the freedom of British citizens.
Anoosheh is my constituent in Lewisham East. When I became an MP in June 2018 Anoosheh had already spent 10 months detained in Iran.
As his elected representative I have consistently called for the Government to do all they can to get Anoosheh released. Earlier this year Anoosheh had taken matters into his own hands and went on a hunger strike. It does genuinely pain me that one of my own constituents was forced to do this.
I am glad that this matter has finally been resolved. I am very much looking forward to meeting Anoosheh.”