Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe is scheduled to go on a hunger strike in her prison cell to show solidarity with another dual citizen imprisoned in Iran when the regime ordered western countries to stay out of their legal affairs.
Ms. Zaghari-Ratcliffe, a British-Iranian woman who was arrested in 2016 on false allegations of espionage, will provide food refusal with Kylie Moore-Gilbert, a British-Australian scientist.
Ms. Moore-Gilbert is serving a ten-year sentence for spying. According to the Guardian, she has demanded at least to be released from solitary confinement.
“Five days on a dry hunger strike becomes critical, and our thoughts go to Kylie and her family for all this ordeal,” said Richard Ratcliffe, her husband. He added: “There is a sense of how desperate you are in solitary confinement for 16 months. At some point you really have the feeling that you don’t notice anything, you don’t lose anything anymore. ”
Ms. Zaghari-Ratcliffe visited her family in Iran in April 2016 when she was arrested. She was accused of overthrowing the Iranian government and sentenced to five years in prison. It came when Iran accused France of “interference” in the case of another dual citizen jailed, a Franco-Iranian academic who has been accused of espionage.
France had summoned the Iranian ambassador last week to protest the detention of Fariba Adelkhah and another academic, Roland Marchal, who described her detention as “intolerable.”
Their imprisonment increased suspicion between Tehran and Paris at a time when French President Emmanuel Macron wanted to play a leading role in reducing tensions between Iran and its archenemy, the United States. “The French Foreign Ministry’s statement regarding an Iranian citizen is an act of interference, and we see your request to have no legal basis,” said Iranian Foreign Minister Abbas Mousavi in a statement.
“The person in question [Adelkhah] is an Iranian citizen and has been arrested for “spying”, he said, adding that her lawyer knew the details of the case under investigation.