A British-Iranian woman who has been jailed in Iran since 2016 began a hunger strike Monday in a desperate attempt to receive medical treatment, as her husband said that prison guards had asked her to spy on the United Kingdom in return for her freedom.
Her husband, Richard Ratcliffe, who has long campaigned for her release, said she been refused medical attention for lumps in her breasts, neurological care for pains in her limbs and access to an external psychiatrist.
Iranian interrogators attempted to get a British-Iranian mother detained in Tehran to spy on the United Kingdom in exchange for her freedom, her husband has said.
She was sentenced to five years in jail after being convicted of plotting to overthrow Iran's clerical establishment, a charge denied by her family and the Foundation, a charity organisation that operates independently of Thomson Reuters and Reuters News.
The mother-of-one from north London is going on hunger strike alongside fellow prisoner and Iranian human rights activist Narges Mohammadi.More news: ERC Reduces the Price of Petrol and Other Petroleum Products
Iran has said that the trial and the verdict are in the hands of the judiciary.
She was arrested at Tehran airport in April 2016 but has always maintained the visit was to introduce her daughter, Gabriella, to her relatives.
The broadcast, condemned by her husband as a "cruel psychological game", showed her being detained then questioned by a representative of the public prosecutor, who tells her he has a warrant for her arrest. "She has been terrified ever since".
He was quoted as saying he had explained to Mr Hunt that Mrs Zaghari-Ratcliffe was considered an Iranian national and was entitled to her rights in prison - including access to medical facilities.
Ratcliffe was set to meet UK Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt later on Monday to discuss the case.More news: 'Koffee With Karan': Shahid Kapoor's love for Ishaan Khatter is unmissable!
Mrs Zaghari-Ratcliffe's husband, Richard Ratcliffe, has previously revealed that she has suffered several panic attacks in jail, which left her with numbness in her legs and headaches.
The first wave of the strike was to last three days, but she will consider extending it if her demands to see a doctor are not met.
She also said her employee has suffered "severe depression" in custody and reiterated she is not guilty of espionage.
Monique Villa, chief executive of the Thomson Reuters Foundation, where Mrs Zaghari-Ratcliffe works, said it was "extremely shocking" to see Mrs Zaghari-Ratcliffe go on hunger strike.
A Foreign Office spokeswoman said Hunt had discussed the issue of diplomatic protection with Ratcliffe and that he was "keen to take a decision as soon as possible".More news: Robbie Williams 'blasting Black Sabbath' at Jimmy Page, letter claims
'We continue to take action on all our consular cases in Iran in line with what we believe will produce the best outcomes in their cases'.