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Nazanin husband leaves letter for Iran minister on embassy doorstep

Richard Ratcliffe left out in the cold but campaigners vow to carry on

23 February, 2018 — By Tom Foot

Richard Ratcliffe outside the embassy

THE husband of jailed Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe left a letter calling for her release on the doorstep of the Iranian Embassy.

Richard Ratcliffe has been campaigning for more than two years after his wife was arrested in Tehran and later jailed for at least five years. The charges have never been fully made public but it is understood that the mother, who worked for the charitable arm of Thomson Reuters, is accused of plotting against the state.

Her plight achieved national attention when gaffe by foreign secretary Boris Johnson appeared to lead to her sentence being extended and there was a major rally and protest march with Emma Thompson in November. On Wednesday Mr Ratcliffe aimed to hand minister Abbas Araghchi a letter when he was visiting the embassy, near the Royal Albert Hall in Kensington.

Amnesty International, students from Birmingham and three retired primary school teachers were among supporters at the protest, including Linda Grove.

Ms Grove said: “Sadly, the minister did not come to the door so there was nothing else for Richard Ratcliffe to do but to leave the letter on the doorstep in the hope that the letter would reach his hands.

“We had all hoped the minister would look kindly upon Richard Ratcliffe and meet him but it wasn’t to be.”

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