Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe row: Husband Richard Ratcliffe calls on Boris Johnson to bring him to Iran on diplomatic mission

Richard Ratcliffe calls on Boris Johnson to bring him to Iran on diplomatic mission

Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe was accused of plotting to overthrow the Iranian regime

Monday, November 13, 2017

The husband of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe has urged Boris Johnson to take him on his upcoming diplomatic mission to the country as fears grow over her health.

Richard Ratcliffe revealed that his wife, who was arrested during a visit to Iran last year and remains in jail, had been to see a medical specialist after finding lumps on her breasts and suffering stabbing pain in that location.

The Iranian consultant said the lumps are most likely benign, but recommended that the 38-year-old British-Iranian national be closely monitored.

Ratcliffe, an accountant who speaks to his wife once per week, said she had been angry at the Foreign Secretary over the turns her case had taken.

Zaghari-Ratcliffe was arrested on a visit to her family in April 2016, on suspicion of plotting to overthrow the regime. She has always denied the charge of insurrection, but has nonetheless been forced to spend the last seventeen months in Evin Prison, which has been dubbed "the black hole of human evil."

Johnson has been heavily criticised for saying in the Commons that Zaghari-Ratcliffe had been training journalists while on holiday in the country

Iranian state TV aired the former Mayor of London's comments, suggesting they confirm Zaghari-Ratcliffe's guilty and justify the lengthening of her sentence. Zaghari-Ratcliffe and her family say Johnson's interpretation of events is completely wrong.