A British-Iranian woman jailed in Iran could be released on furlough this week after serving four years in prison.
Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, 41, could leave Evin jail either today or tomorrow according to Labour MP Tulip Siddiq.
It comes just days after Ms Zaghari-Ratcliffe's husband Richard Ratcliffe said he feared his wife had developed a 'cold' due to worsening conditions at the prison in Tehran amid reports the coronavirus has spread through the jail.
Ms Siddiq this morning said she hoped Ms Zaghari-Ratcliffe would no longer be used as a bargaining chip by the British and Iranian government.
The Iranian ambassador to the UK, Hamid Baeidinejad, tweeted this morning that 'one of the prisoners with security charge will be granted a furlough today or tomorrow to join family'.
Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe who suffers from unexplained collapses to irregular heartbeats, has a cold, a 'severe' sore throat and wakes up shivering
Evin jail (pictured above) is said to have been hit by a coronavirus outbreak and there are fears surrounding Ms Zaghari-Ratcliffe's release
Hampstead and Kilburn's Tulip Siddiq aid she hoped Ms Zaghari-Ratcliffe would no longer be used as a bargaining chip by the British and Iranian government
He also later deleted a tweet that named Ms Zaghair-Ratcliffe specifically.
In a tweet Ms Siddiq said: 'News from Iranian Ambassador that my constituent Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe may be released on furlough today or tomorrow from prison in Iran. If this is true, Nazanin would welcome leaving Evin jail, but we've been here before'.
She then added: 'If this furlough happens, the British government have an obligation to make it permanent, and not let her be used as a bargaining chip in the weeks to come. I remain concerned that Nazanin has told her family that she has still not been tested for coronavirus. #FreeNazanin'.
Iran has nearly 1,000 confirmed cases of coronavirus in the country with over 200 people having died from the disease. There are concerns that Ms Zaghari-Ratcliffe may have contracted it in prison.
Mother's love: Ms Zaghari-Ratcliffe is seen reunited with her daughter Gabriella after being released on furlough for three days in August last year
Richard Ratcliffe and the couple´s daughter Gabriella. Ratcliffe has intensified his calls on the British Government to secure his wife's release