September 21, 2020

Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe Has Found Lumps On Her Breasts And Is On ‘Verge Of A Nervous Breakdown’

The British woman who has been jailed in Iran has seen a medical specialist after finding lumps on her breasts and is “on the verge of a nervous breakdown”, her husband has said.

Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe is being held in one of Iran’s most brutal prisons on charges of spying and spreading propaganda, despite only being in the country on holiday with her daughter visiting her parents.

She has been held for around 19 months, but her situation was made worst earlier this month after Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said that she had been “training journalists” – an erroneous comment that could added five years to her jail term.

Her husband, Richard Ratcliffe, released a statement on Sunday underlining her ill-health:

Richard Ratcliffe’s statement about his wife’s physical health.

— Beth Rigby (@BethRigby) November 12, 2017

The mother-of-one has “expressed anger” at Johnson over the “shambles” her case has become but her family said they do not believe the Foreign Secretary should quit.

Ratcliffe said he spoke to Mr Johnson for about 20 minutes on Sunday morning, during which the Cabinet minister said he was “deeply sorry for Nazanin’s suffering”.

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