(Persia Digest) – The Iranian Ambassador to London has described the BBC report on the hunger strike by Nazanin Zaghari’s husband as fake.
Hamid Baeidinejad tweeted: “BBC Persian broadcast an interview with Richard Ratcliff tonight on a lonely hunger strike in a corner. This was a fake scene setup for the interview. The front of the embassy has been totally blocked over the past two days. At least, he confessed that his daughter’s passport has been released. He has not applied for a visa for Iran.”
Persia Digest (PD) reports that the BBC Persian website interviewed Richard Ratcliff, the spouse of Nazanin Zaghari, yesterday outside the IR of Iran Embassy in London. He is on hunger strike.
In the interview, Mr Ratcliff says he will remain on hunger strike for as long as Nazanin remains on hunger strike in prison in Tehran.
He says he has applied for an Iranian visa and asked to meet with the Iranian Ambassador and embassy staff, wishing to reach a conclusion. He said he would like to travel to Iran, but his visa applications has been neither accepted nor rejected.
Richard continues by saying that Iran has returned his 5-year old daughter’s passport, but it is not clear whether she can leave Iran.
Nazanin Zaghari traveled to Iran three years ago, but was arrested at Imam Khomeini Airport on her way back. Iranian judicial and security authorities have said that the court has sentenced her to five years in prison for spying. Mrs Zaghari rejects the charges. Diplomatic efforts by Britain to free Mrs Zaghari have had no results yet.
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