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Jeremy Hunt renews calls for Nazanin's release

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Jeremy Hunt renews calls for Nazanin's release

Published at 8:56am 4th January 2019. (Updated at 9:05am 4th January 2019)

The foreign secretary is again calling for the Iranian authorities to release a British mother jailed in Tehran for spying.

Jeremy Hunt tweeted that Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe "is innocent and must be allowed to come home."

It followed reports that the dual national, whose husband Richard Ratcliffe is from Ewshot, is going on a hunger strike later this month after she was denied access to a doctor and medication.

Nazanin has been behind bars since she was detained leaving the country in April 2016.

She has denied the charges.

Mr Hunt went to Iran in November, when he appealed for Nazanin's release, and met her four year old daughter Gabriella, who has been in the country since her mother was jailed.

Nazanin, who turned 40 on Boxing Day, is planning to carry out the strike alongside prominent human rights activist Narges Mohammadi, who has been charged several times over her criticism of the Iranian government.

"We are urging for an immediate action to be taken," the two said in a joint letter.

The strike, due to start on January 14, is set to last for three days but could go on for longer.

Ms Zaghari-Ratcliffe's husband has previously revealed that she has suffered several panic attacks in jail, which left her with numbness in the legs and headaches.



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