A British-Iranian woman who has been jailed in Iran since 2016 began a hunger strike Monday in a desperate attempt to receive medical treatment, as her husband said that prison guards had asked her to spy on the UK in return for her freedom.
Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, 40, started the three-day hunger strike in a bid to see a specialist for lumps in her breasts and numbness in her limbs, her husband, Richard Ratcliffe, told a press conference in London.
Zaghari-Ratcliffe was visiting Iran in April 2016 with her then-22-month-old daughter, Gabriella, when she was arrested at Tehran’s Imam Khomeini airport.
Richard Ratcliffe and Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe pictured with daughter Gabriella before the arrest in 2016 The mother-of-one from north London is going on hunger strike alongside fellow prisoner and Iranian human rights activist Narges Mohammadi.
Ratcliffe was set to meet UK Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt later on Monday to discuss the case.
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