Tuesday, 17 September, 2019

Jailed British-Iranian Aid Worker Sent to Psychiatric Unit in Iran

Richard Ratcliffe the husband of detained Nazanin Zaghari Ratcliffe outside the Iranian Embassy in London Richard Ratcliffe the husband of detained Nazanin Zaghari Ratcliffe outside the Iranian Embassy in London
Steven Clarke | 19 July, 2019, 15:01

The transfer comes just weeks after Zaghari-Ratcliffe latest hunger strike of 15 days, in protest to her "unfair imprisonment".

Mrs Zaghari-Ratcliffe became as soon as arrested at Tehran's Imam Khomeini Airport in April 2016 and has continually maintained the discuss over with became as soon as to introduce her daughter, Gabriella, to her relatives.

The husband of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe has said his family have not been given "any information" about his wife's move to a psychiatric ward in Tehran on Monday.

Ms Siddiq also asked what urgent steps ministers are taking to establish the treatment Mrs Zaghari-Ratcliffe is receiving, adding: "What protests have the Government made regarding the fact that Nazanin was shackled like a caged animal on her way to receiving urgent medical care?"

"After all she and her family have been through, the time really has come for the Tehran authorities to bring this to an end, to release her and let her travel back to the United Kingdom with her daughter Gabriella".

Foreign Office minister Andrew Murrison said the United Kingdom is seeking consular access and it would be "cruel" to deny Mrs Zaghari-Ratcliffe access to her family.

"Look at me now, I ended up in an asylum". I hate being played within the guts of a political game.

The dual British-Iranian citizen had been travelling to Iran to visit the family for Nowruz, Iranian New Year with then two year old daughter Gabriella.

The detention conditions Zaghari-Ratcliffe has described to her family over the phone "are completely contrary to worldwide norms", he added.

President Trump says United States warship destroyed Iranian drone
Mr Trump also called "on other nations to protect their ships as they go through the straight and work with us in the future". It was seized south of the Iranian island of Larak, the Guards said without detailing the name or provenance of the vessel.

Mr Ratcliffe also did not eat for the period in solidarity with his wife as he camped on the pavement outside the Iranian Embassy in London.

Nazanin was arrested while on holiday in Iran with her young daughter Gabriella. "It is unnerving when we don't know what is going on".

The Free Nazanin Campaign said Zaghari-Ratcliffe's father visited the hospital on Tuesday, and confirmed that she is being held there under the control of Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC).

He said he has grown increasingly anxious about the situation, and fears she could be forced into pleading guilty to the spying charges.

Chinese-American Xiyue Wang, a Princeton University researcher, is serving a 10-year sentence for espionage, and United States national Michael White, 46, was this year also sentenced to 10 years.

"We will continue to call for her release at the highest levels". United States national Michael White was also sentenced to 10 years this year.

He has continuously said the responsibility for her persisted detention lies with the Progressive Guard.

Earlier, prime-ministerial candidate Boris Johnson's inaccurate comments further complicated Nazanin's case, when he told the media that she was teaching people journalism in Iran.

Ellie Kennedy, Amnesty International UK's individuals at risk campaigner, said: "Yet again, the fear must be that the Iranian authorities are playing games with Nazanin's health and well-being".

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