Jailed British-Iranian aid worker ends hunger strike, husband says


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  • Saturday, 29 Jun 2019

FILE PHOTO: Richard Ratcliffe, husband of British-Iranian dual national Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, poses for a photograph after delivering a Mother's Day card and flowers to the Iranian Embassy in London, Britain March 31, 2019. REUTERS/Simon Dawson/File Photo

LONDON (Reuters) - Jailed British-Iranian aid worker Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe has ended a hunger strike in Tehran designed to push for her release, her husband told the BBC on Saturday.

Zaghari-Ratcliffe, a project manager with the Thomson Reuters Foundation, began the hunger strike roughly two weeks ago.

She was arrested in April 2016 at a Tehran airport as she headed back to Britain with her daughter after a family visit and was sentenced to five years in jail after being convicted of plotting to overthrow Iran's clerical establishment.

Her family and the Foundation, a charity organisation that operates independently of Thomson Reuters and Reuters News, deny the charge.

Richard Ratcliffe, her husband, told BBC radio that he had spoken to his wife on Saturday and she was ending the action.

"She's decided to stop her hunger strike," he said. "She said that in fact she'd had some breakfast this morning."

Ratcliffe, who is ending his own hunger strike, said the protest had helped raise the profile of his wife's case.

"In Iran, we've become a much bigger story than we were before and there's an awareness that really this needs to be solved."

(Reporting by Costas Pitas; Editing by Alexander Smith)

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