UK extends rare diplomatic protection to mother jailed in Iran

8th March, 2019 10:57:35 printer

LONDON: Britain said on Friday it was sending Iran a “very strong message” by extending diplomatic protection to a British-Iranian mother jailed in Tehran in a move that was immediately branded by the Islamic republic as a violation of international law, reports AFP.

The fate of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe has been a bone of contention between Tehran and London since her arrest in Iran in January 2016.

The 41-year-old was returning from a family visit with her infant daughter when she was detained at Tehran airport by security agents who recorded her arrest on video.

That footage was played on Iranian television in December as the case gained new political dimensions in both London and Tehran.

Her husband Richard said Zaghari-Ratcliffe suffers from a range of health problems that forced her to go on a brief hunger strike in January to protest a lack of medical access in jail.