Jailed British-Iranian Aid Worker Sent to Psychiatric Unit in Iran

Nazanin Zaghari Ratcliffe has been transferred to the mental ward of Iman Khomeini hospital in Tehran

Nazanin Zaghari Ratcliffe has been transferred to the mental ward of Iman Khomeini hospital in Tehran

(CNN)Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, the British-Iranian charity worker who was arrested on spying charges in Iran more than three years ago, was transferred Monday from prison to the mental ward of a hospital in Tehran, the Free Nazanin Campaign said in a statement. It's the psychiatric ward of Imam Khomeini hospital in Tehran.

He has repeatedly said the responsibility for her continued detention lies with the Revolutionary Guard.

A Foreign Office spokesman said: "We are in regular contact with Mrs Zaghari-Ratcliffe's husband and our Embassy in Tehran has consistently requested consular access".

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

"He wasn't able to be told anything apart from a confirmation that she was in the hospital".

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

"After all she and her family have been through, the time really has come for the Tehran authorities to bring this to an end, to release her and let her travel back to the United Kingdom with her daughter Gabriella".

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

"I was healthy and happy when I came to Iran to see my parents", Zaghari-Ratcliffe has been quoted as saying by her family.

"Three and neutral a limited years later and I'm admitted to a mental health health facility".

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"Look at me now, I ended up in an asylum. It should be an embarrassment".

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.

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". And she is an Iranian citizen.

Zaghari-Ratcliffe, who worked for the Thomson Reuters Foundation, was arrested at the end of a family visit in April, 2016.

The oil-rich Gulf nation confirmed Tuesday it had arrested French-Iranian academic Fariba Adelkhah, 60.

Other Iranian dual nationals jailed in Iran include Iranian-American Siamak Namazi and his father Baquer.

Princeton University researcher Chinese-American Xiyue Wang is serving a 10-year sentence for espionage.

Ratcliffe told Al Arabiya there were talks of a potential prisoner swap in regards to the Iranian tanker now being held in Gibraltar by the British government.

"Richard said: "[There are] nearly no obligations on the government, so you rely on the personal interest and sense of responsibility of the minister of the day.

"We have had different messages before in relation to money that the United Kingdom owes and in occasional relation to prisoner swaps. It is not clear what kind of medical treatment will be provided", it said.

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