Campaign for Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe hinders her chances of early release, Iranian ambassador says

Campaign for Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe hinders her chances of early release, Iranian ambassador says

Iran’s ambassador to Britain has said the publicity campaign to free Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe has made the London mother’s chances of early release from prison less likely. 

The intervention came three days after her husband announced the 40-year old mother from Hampstead began a hunger strike over access to specialist medical care and revealed that she had been offered freedom in exchange for agreeing to spy on Britain after she returned to the country. 

Mrs Zaghari-Ratcliffe, who has suffered a catalogue of mental and physical health complaints since she was arrested on April 3 2016, and the imprisoned Iranian human rights activists Narges Mohammadi announced a hunger strike on Monday, saying they had been refused access to expert medical consultations. 

Jeremy Hunt, the foreign secretary, summoned Hamid Baeidinejad, the Iranian ambassador, to demand that she be granted proper access to medical care following the announcement.   

The pair said their request for access to medical care outside prison had been granted and ended their hunger strike on Wednesday evening. 

But Mr Baeidinejad hit out at the publicity campaign, accusing Richard Ratcliffe of “causing chaos and complications,” telling “lies” about his wife’s treatment. 

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