Hunger strike fears of Bri­ton

The Press and Journal (Inverness, Highlands, and Islands) - - NEWS - Nazanin Zaghari-Rat­cliffe

A Bri­tish-Ira­nian woman held in Tehran feels “strong trep­i­da­tion” ahead of start­ing a hunger strike af­ter be­ing de­nied health care, her hus­band said.

Nazanin Zaghar­iRat­cliffe will strike for three days this week with Narges Mo­ham­madi, an Ira­nian hu­man rights ac­tivist who is also in Evin prison.

Mrs Zaghari-Rat­cliffe has suf­fered men­tal and phys­i­cal ill­nesses since she was ar­rested at a Tehran air­port on April 3 2016.

Richard Rat­cliffe said: “We know a hunger strike has sig­nif­i­cant phys­i­cal con­se­quences the longer it goes on for and Nazanin is feel­ing a strong sense of trep­i­da­tion.

“But there aren’t many ways she can say ‘Enough is enough. Take me se­ri­ously’.”

Ms Zaghari-Rat­cliffe will con­sider ex­tend­ing the strike – a protest at be­ing de­nied med­i­cal care – if her de­mands to see a doc­tor are not met, Mr Rat­cliffe said.

Mrs Zaghari-Rat­cliffe, of Lon­don, was sen­tenced to five years on spy­ing charges which she de­nies.

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