Published: Fri, July 19, 2019

Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe transferred from Iranian prison to mental ward, supporters say

Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe transferred from Iranian prison to mental ward, supporters say

Last month Zaghari-Ratcliffe and her husband ended a two-week hunger strike created to push for her release and raise awareness of her case.

Iranian authorities arrested Nazanin at Tehran's Imam Khomeini airport, while she was travelling with her daughter in April 2016.

He additionally suggested MPs the manager became as soon as in "absolute self belief that Mrs Zaghari-Ratcliffe became as soon as in Iran on holiday and that became as soon as the only real cause of her discuss over with".

In a press release, the Free Nazanin Campaign said it was not known what treatment she is receiving or how long she was expected to remain in hospital.

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

Today her mother went down to see if she could get access.

"Look at me now, I ended 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".

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".

He also told MPs the government was in "no doubt that Mrs Zaghari-Ratcliffe was Iran on holiday and that was the sole goal of her visit".

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.


Her father said he visited the hospital on Tuesday but was not allowed to see his daughter and that she has not been allowed to contact her family.

The couple's five-year-old daughter Gabriella has stayed in Iran with her grandparents since her mother's arrest.

Ratcliffe said that his wife's father attempted to visit her to check on her condition but was not able to. "It is unnerving when we don't know what is going on", he said.

UK Foreign Office minister Andrew Murrison said Zaghari-Ratcliffe's husband had told him that she was moved to the ward on Monday.

A spokesman for British Prime Minister Theresa May said the United Kingdom was extremely concerned about the welfare of Zaghari-Ratcliffe and wants to see her released.

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

Help us grow and continue telling Israel's story to the world. USA national Michael White was also sentenced to 10 years this year.

"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.

"We will be following up with the new prime minister whenever that is made a decision to ensure he takes personal responsibility for Nazanin's case".

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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