Anousheh Ashoori

Anousheh Ashoori

British-Iranian
UANI

Biography

Anousheh Ashoori is a British-Iranian dual national and businessman who ran a building-supplies company and lived periodically in the U.K. since he was 17. His daughter Eilka, an actress residing in London, said, “My father has nothing to do with politics and told us not to get involved in politics.”

Arrest

Ashoori was detained in Tehran in 2017 while visiting his mother.

Treatment in Prison

The regime has not given Ashoori British consular access because Iran does not recognize dual nationality.

Trial and Sentencing

Iran’s judiciary announced on August 27, 2019 that Ashoori had been convicted for connections to the Mossad and “acquiring illegitimate wealth” and sentenced to a combined 12 years in prison.

International Outcry

A spokesperson for the British Foreign Office said, “We have been supporting the family of [Ashoori] since his detention and our embassy in Tehran continues to request consular access, The treatment of all dual nationals detained in Iran is a priority and we raise their cases at the most senior levels. We urge Iran to let them be reunited with their families.”