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FO probes UK woman's Iran jail case

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(Press Association) - The Foreign Office is following up the case of a British woman sentenced to 20 years in prison in Iran for criticising the country's leadership.

Roya Saberi Negad Nobakht, 47, from Stockport, was held while visiting friends in the city of Shiraz last October, according to reports.

She was accused of putting national security at risk and insulting Islam after she reportedly made a comment on Facebook which criticised Ruhollah Khomeini, leader of the revolution in 1979 which established an Islamic republic.

Ms Nobakht has British and Iranian nationality and has lived in England with her British husband, Daryoush Taghipoor, 47, for more than six years, according to The Times.

He travelled to Iran to find her, was allowed to visit her for 10 minutes and has not seen her since, the newspaper reported.

A Foreign Office spokeswoman said: "We are aware that a British national has received a custodial sentence in Iran. We are seeking to establish the full facts and are following up the case with the Iranian authorities."