Boris Johnson ‘feels deep sense of anguish’ over Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe

Cheryl Sanders
July 1, 2019

Jailed British mother Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe has ended her hunger strike after 15 days, and her husband is due to end his later today.

Rebecca Ratcliffe, Nazanin's sister-in-law, told Matt Frei she has managed to eat some fruit and porridge, is in "good spirits" and "not doing too bad".

Boris Johnson, a former United Kingdom foreign secretary who is seen as the favourite to become Britain's prime minister when the ruling Conservative Party elects its new leader next month, attracted criticism in 2017 for appearing to jeopardise Zaghari-Ratcliffe's case when he suggested at a parliamentary hearing that she had been training journalists in Iran prior to her arrest.

Asked what the joint hunger strike had achieved, Mr Ratcliffe said more than 100 MPs had visited him outside the Iranian embassy to "show solidarity" with his wife, and her case had received media attention around the world.

After ending his hunger strike, Mr Ratcliffe said he planned to seek medical attention and then meet with his local MP, Tulip Siddiq, to discuss whether Parliament could do anything to help in his wife's case.

Zaghari-Ratcliffe was arrested at Tehran airport in April 2016 as she headed back to Britain with her daughter after a family visit.

He said: "It was getting hard for me, but I am sure it was much harder for her".

Zaghari-Ratcliffe had taken the decision to go on a hunger strike on June 15, after her daughter Gabriella turned five years old while she remains locked up, her husband previously told CNN.

British officials are also calling for her release.

It also said her husband's hunger strike will "end today and we will be packing down our camp".

His wife was under "quite a lot of pressure" from the Iran's Revolutionary Guard to break her strike, Mr Ratcliffe said.

His protest outside the Iranian embassy had made work at the diplomatic mission "impossible", reports The Times.

Zaghari-Ratcliffe, a project manager with the Thomson Reuters Foundation, began the hunger strike roughly two weeks ago.

Iran's deputy foreign minister said last week that she will be required to serve her full five-year sentence, seemingly quashing hopes of an early release.

The case has added to long-standing tensions between Tehran and London, which is a major arms supplier to Iran's arch-enemy Saudi Arabia.

Other reports by iNewsToday