No explanation for moving ‘desperate’ Nazanin to mental health ward

Mr Ratcliffe said the situation is 'very worrying'

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

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.

The British-Iranian mother has been held in Iran since her arrest in 2016 for spying – an accusation which she denies.

Her husband Richard Ratcliffe told talkRADIO that since her transfer to hospital, he has had no access to his wife and has not been told what medical treatment she is receiving.

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

“We were quite hopeful that when she was taken into hospital it was a good sign, but the more she has been excluded and the fact she’s under the control of the Revolutionary Guard just brings back all the nightmares,” he told talkRADIO’s Alastair Stewart.

Mrs Zaghari-Ratcliffe conducted a 15 day hunger strike last month, which her husband said could be connected to her transfer to a psychiatric hospital.

In solidarity, Mr Ratcliffe also held a 15-day hunger strike outside the Iranian embassy in London.

But he added that the involvement of the Revolutionary Guard – a branch of Iran’s Armed Forces - highlights how his wife is a “pawn in a political game.”

Mr Ratcliffe met with Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt last week, who he said is “clear, consistent and convincing” in raising his wife’s case “at every opportunity.”

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.

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