Wednesday, 21 August, 2019

Jailed British-Iranian aid worker moved to hospital psychiatric ward

Nazanin Zaghari Ratcliffe detained Richard Ratcliffe the husband of detained Nazanin Zaghari Ratcliffe
Deanna Wagner | 19 July, 2019, 14:59

Last month Zaghari-Ratcliffe, a project manager with the Thomson Reuters Foundation, and her husband ended a two-week hunger strike created to push for her release and raise the profile of her case.

The case of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe has roiled Britain's relations with the Islamic republic since her 2016 arrest and subsequent conviction on sedition charges she denies.

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.

Her father was unable to figure out what kind of treatment she was receiving or "the IRGC's agenda in being unexpectedly involved" in her medical care.

Before being transferred, she was being detained in Tehran's Evin Prison.

According to those campaigning for her to be freed, she said shortly before she was transferred to the ward: "I was healthy and happy when I came to Iran to see my parents".

"Glimpse at me now - I performed up in an asylum".

"Hopefully her transfer to hospital means that she is getting treatment and care, despite my distrust of just what pressures can happen behind closed doors". I hate being played within the guts of a political game.

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

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He said he is a huge fan of the books and read them with his wife when they started dating. "But essentially we just followed his lead".

In 2017 Boris Johnson, his rival to turn out to be Conservative leader and prime minister apologised after asserting that Mrs Zaghari-Ratcliffe became as soon as in Iran "instructing of us journalism" - without reference to her family's insistence she became as soon as there to discuss over with relatives.

The couple's five-three hundred and sixty five days-extinct daughter, Gabriella, has stayed in Iran along with her grandparents since her mother's arrest. "It is unnerving when we don't know what is going on".

Richard Ratcliffe, husband of British-Iranian dual national Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, poses for a photograph after delivering a Mother's Day card and flowers to the Iranian Embassy in London, Britain March 31, 2019.

Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif has previously raised the possibility of Zaghari-Ratcliffe being swapped for Iranian nationals held in the United States and Australia.

Nazanin's husband Richard Ratcliffe claimed that Iran's Revolutionary Guards have been preventing her relatives, including Nazanin's father from contacting her.

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

"We can proceed to name for her free up at the excellent ranges". U.S. national Michael White was also sentenced to 10 years this year.

But, while Mr Hunt was "positive and hopeful", Mr Ratcliffe admitted that he doesn't think any big decisions will be made until the appointment of a new Prime Minister next week. She's now there, she's under the guard of the Revolutionary Guards.