British aid worker held more than 100 days in Iran

British mother, toddler, held hostage in Iran as a "bargaining chip," says her husband.

Rachel Kaplan ,

Prison (Illustrative)
Prison (Illustrative)

On the hundredth day of her imprisonment, Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe's husband Richard delivered a letter to the British prime minister's office, explaining that she is dangerously ill, and being held without charges.

Zaghari-Ratcliffe, a foreign aid worker, has been held in prison in Iran for more than three months. She has spent around six weeks in solitary confinement, after which she has lost a dangerous amount of weight, and is unable to walk, the letter explains.

The letter begs British foreign minister Boris Johnson to address the "harrowing and urgent matter" of her release.

Iran's Revolutionary Guard (IRG) claims that Zaghari-Ratcliffe had participated in the "design and implementation of cyber and media projects to cause the soft toppling of the Islamic Republic." Her husband rejoins that that is "crazy."

When Nazanin was arrested at Imam Khomeini Airport on April 3, the authorities confiscated the passport of the couple's two year-old daughter, Gabriella. The girl is now being cared for by her Iranian grandparents.

The IRG informed the Ratcliffe family at the end of June that they are holding her in order to pressure the British government into an agreement, and would release her if this was reached.

A British Foreign Office spokeswoman said: "We have received the letter and will respond formally. We are deeply concerned by recent reports that Mrs Zaghari-Ratcliffe has been charged but has not been allowed to see a lawyer. We have been supporting Mrs Zaghari-Ratcliffe's family since we were first made aware of her arrest in April.

"Minister for the Middle East Tobias Ellwood has personally met the family to reassure them that we will continue to do all we can on this case."