Zaghari-Ratcliffe, fellow British-Iranian leave Iran-state media

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By Parisa Hafezi
DUBAI (Reuters) -British-Iranian aid worker Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe and dual national Anousheh Ashouri left Iran on Wednesday, ending years of detention, after the UK government paid its $530 million debt to Tehran, Iranian state media reported.
Iran's semi-official Fars news agency said she was handed over to a British team at the International Imam Khomeini Airport. Ashouri has also left Iran, a source close to his family told Reuters.
There was no immediate confirmation whether they were being taken directly to London.
"Britain released $530 million...ahead of the release," Fars said.
Reuters was unable to independently confirm the Fars report.
Earlier, British Foreign Secretary Liz Truss said Britain was looking at ways to pay a historic debt to Iran related to the sale of battle tanks to Iran's former ruler, the Shah.
Zaghari-Ratcliffe, a project manager with the Thomson Reuters Foundation was arrested at a Tehran airport in April 2016 and later convicted by an Iranian court of plotting to overthrow the clerical establishment.
Her family and the foundation, a charity that operates independently of Thomson Reuters and its news subsidiary Reuters, deny the charge.
Britain's Foreign Office, the foundation and Zaghari-Ratcliffe's husband Richard did not respond to a request for comment.
Ashouri was sentenced to 10 years in jail in 2019 for spying for Israel's Mossad and two years for "acquiring illegitimate wealth", according to Iran's judiciary.
The releases came after Tehran and London pressed on with talks about a long-standing 400-million-pound ($520 mln) debt.
Iran's clerical rulers say Britain owes the money that Iran's Shah paid up front for 1,750 Chieftain tanks and other vehicles, almost none of which were eventually delivered after the Islamic Revolution of 1979 toppled the U.S.-backed leader.
The Thomson Reuters Foundation said that she had travelled to Iran in a personal capacity and had not been doing work in Iran. The Thomson Reuters Foundation is a charity organisation that is independent of Thomson Reuters and operates independently of Reuters News.
(Reporting by Parisa Hafezi; Writing by Michael Georgy and Samia Nakhoul; Editing by Jon Boyle)
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