Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe begins new hunger strike in Iran jail



Ratcliffe said he would begin a continuous vigil outside the Iranian embassy from midday on Saturday.

Speaking outside the Iranian Embassy in London, Richard Ratcliffe said Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe had told judicial officials in June she would refuse food but would drink water until she was granted unconditional release.

"I'll be visiting Richard outside the Iranian Embassy to offer my support, and I know some of his many supporters will be doing the same".

Iran has denied being behind Thursday's explosions but the UK Foreign Office said "no other state or non-state actor could plausibly have been responsible".

United Kingdom foreign secretary Jeremy Hunt said on Twitter that Iran should "do the right thing" and "let this innocent woman" go home.

Her husband, Richard Ratcliffe, said he had received a phone call from Nazanin telling him she had informed the judiciary she had begun a new hunger strike, apart from drinking water, to protest against her "continuing unfair imprisonment".

He added that his wife sounded "nervous but calm".

On a petition website dedicated to freeing his wife, Ratcliffe said she has "long been eligible" for an unconditional release. "She has always been eligible for it", Ratcliffe said. One of the reasons for me joining Nazanin is so that the Iranian authorities don't just think: "OK, we'll just wait a few days and this will pass".

Mr Ratcliffe said the decision to start a new hunger strike had coalesced around their daughter's fifth birthday.

Mr Ratcliffe said: 'Nazanin had vowed that if we passed Gabriella's fifth birthday with her still inside, then she would do something - to mark to both governments that "enough is enough". "This really has gone on too long", he said.

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He will also stand vigil outside of the Iranian embassy in Knightsbridge.

She previously went on hunger strike in January.

British-Iranian mother Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe (pictured with daughter Gabriela) jailed in Iran on spying charges has began a new hunger strike.

"I will keep her story public".

She and her family have denied the allegations.

The next United Kingdom prime minister should make it their top priority to "protect British citizens from unfair imprisonment, from torture", said Mr Ratcliffe.

He says they want her release, access for the British Embassy staff to make a health assessment and visa for him in case she is not released.

Ms Zaghari-Ratcliffe was arrested and jailed in 2016 at Imam Khomeini Airport in Tehran as she tried to board a plane back to the United Kingdom with her daughter.

A British-Iranian mother being held in a Tehran prison on sedition charges has begun another hunger strike in protest of her detention, her husband said Saturday.

Mr Hunt granted Mrs Zaghari-Ratcliffe diplomatic protection in March, but Tehran refuses to acknowledge her dual nationality.

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