9th Apr, 2020

Husband to speak in Leamington of campaign to free Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe from Iranian jail

Ian Hughes 18th Feb, 2020 Updated: 18th Feb, 2020

THE HUSBAND of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe will be speaking to the Warwick District UN Association in Leamington at the weekend.

Richard Ratcliffe has spent the the past four years campaigning for the release of his wife from an Iranian prison. She was given a five year sentence after being accused of plotting to overthrow the Tehran government – a charge she has always strongly denied.

She was arrested in 2016 during a holiday visit to show her baby daughter Gabriella, now aged five, to her parents.

Nazanin, a charity worker from London, has suffered declining physical and mental health during her detention and suffered panic attacks amid the rising political tensions in recent days.

Human rights groups say her trial was a sham and describe her as an innocent woman wrongly imprisoned, while the Foreign Office says her treatment fails to meet obligations under international law.

Mr Ratcliffe will be speaking at the Leamington Spa Baptist Church (Warwick Hall) in Chandos Street, on Saturday (February 22) starting at noon.

Warwick and Leamington MP Matt Western will be attending.

Open to all. Hot drinks and snacks will be available.

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