Jailed British-Iranian aid worker moved to hospital psychiatric ward

Jailed British Iranian Worker Sent To Hospital Psychiatric Ward In Tehran

Jailed British Iranian Worker Sent To Hospital Psychiatric Ward In Tehran

Richard Ratcliffe, husband of British-Iranian dual national Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, poses for a photograph after delivering a Mother's Day card and flowers to the Iranian Embassy in London, Britain March 31, 2019.

A statement from the Free Nazanin campaign said her father has confirmed she was being held by the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) - a vast and powerful branch of the Iranian military - at Imam Khomeini hospital.

London demanded the immediate release Wednesday of a jailed British-Iranian woman whose husband said she was transferred to the mental ward of a public hospital in Tehran.

Zaghari-Ratcliffe was arrested in Iran while traveling with the couple's young daughter in April 2016 and has been sentenced to five years in prison after being accused of spying, which she denies.

Number 10 called for Mrs Zaghari-Ratcliffe to be released immediately and said her family should be able to visit to check on her care.

A psychiatrist recently recommended she be "instantly hospitalised due to her sharp deterioration since her previous meeting, and the risk of her taking matters into her own hands", the campaign group said.

He has repeatedly said the responsibility for her continued detention lies with the Revolutionary Guard.

Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe has been transferred to a mental health ward in Iran and denied contact with her family.

. I hate being played within the guts of a political game.

The promoting campaign said sooner than being transferred, Mrs Zaghari-Ratcliffe had suggested relatives: "I became as soon as wholesome and cosy after I came to Iran to secret agent my parents".

"I am not happy to see a single individual in prison and I'll do my best to address that to the maximum of my capacity and my capability", Zarif said.

Last month Zaghari-Ratcliffe and her husband ended a two-week hunger strike created to push for her release and raise the profile of her case.

"Richard said: "[There are] nearly no obligations on the government, so you rely on the personal interest and sense of responsibility of the minister of the day.

Zaghari-Ratcliffe was arrested in Tehran in April 2016 and charged with trying to topple the Iranian government. "It is unnerving when we don't know what is going on".

According to the BBC, her father visited the Tehran hospital Tuesday, but was not allowed to see her.

Earlier this year, the current foreign secretary and Tory leadership hopeful, Jeremy Hunt, granted Zaghari-Ratcliffe diplomatic protection in a bid to resolve her case.

Richard added: "Nazanin hoped that her hunger strike would move the Iranian authorities, and it clearly has".

In a 2017 gaffe, Boris Johnson, Mr Hunt's rival for the post of prime minister, said Mrs Zaghari-Ratcliffe was in Iran "teaching people journalism" - despite her family's insistence she was there to visit relatives.

She added: "We need to apply more pressure".

Speaking in the House of Commons, Ms Siddiq said Mrs Zaghari-Ratcliffe's family have no idea how she is being treated following the transfer.