Nazanin has become very sick in prison and is in urgent need of medical treatment. But as a part of the daily torture, she is denied any medical aid. She is suffering from a neurological illness that is making her unable to stand on her feet, but she has not been allowed to get a medical cure for her illness. A neurologist warns that untreated the illness can leave her permanently disabled.
Nazanin was detained on April 3, 2016. On September 10th 2016 it was revealed that she had been sentenced to five years imprisonment, she was charged with attempting soft overthrow of the clerical regime. Her daughter Gabriella has got her British passport confiscated by the Iranian police and is now being raised by her grandparents. Her husband launched a petition to get his wife and daughter back, the petition has been signed by 850 000 supporters from 155 countries.
Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe with her daughter, Gabriella
In a secret hearing on Jan 4th, 2017, her appeal was dismissed this was announced on January 22. In a statement her husband said the precise charges against Nazanin remain secret, but that two new accusations were made at her appeal. One of those accusations was that she had been head of recruitment for the BBC’s Farsi service when it was launched in 2009. The other charge was that she was a British spy.
The latest months in jail has been particularly hard on Nazanin and her state of health is not good, she is in urgent need of medical treatment but is denied the request of being transferred to a hospital for treatment.
The Iranian regime is using Nazanin as a bargaining chip for their own political bargains and economic interests. Iran does not recognize dual nationalities, meaning those detained cannot receive consular assistance.
Nazanin is not the only Briton jailed in Iran Kamal Foroughi has been held in Evin Prison since 2011.
And Roya Nobakht was jailed in 2013
Another Briton, unnamed is known to be in jail in Iran.