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Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe: Husband ending hunger strike after 21 days

ART GALLERY

The husband of British-Iranian detainee Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe is ending his hunger strike after 21 days.

Richard Ratcliffe has been protesting outside the Foreign Office, demanding the government does more to secure his wife’s release.

Mrs Zaghari-Ratcliffe has been held in Iran for five years on spying charges and lost an appeal against a second jail sentence in October.

The Foreign Office previously stated that it was doing everything possible to help her return home.

Mr Ratcliffe began his protest on October 24, hoping to put pressure on Prime Minister Boris Johnson to meet Iranian delegates at the COP26 climate summit and demand the release of British citizens detained in Iran.

In 2016, his wife, Nazanin, was detained in Iran while taking the couple’s daughter, Gabriella, to see her family.

She was charged with plotting to overthrow the government and sentenced to five years in prison, four of which she spent in Tehran’s Evin prison and one under house arrest.

Mr Ratcliffe ended his strike by saying he “didn’t want to go out in an ambulance.” “I want to leave with my head held high,” he explained.

He claimed that he began to experience foot pains overnight and that after consulting with his doctor, he decided to call it quits on the hunger strike.

Mr Ratcliffe began his protest after his wife’s latest appeal in Iran was denied, claiming that his family was “caught in a dispute between two states.”

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