Hampstead mum ends hunger strike in Iranian jail

A Hamsptead mum who is in jail in Iran has ended a hunger strike.

Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe begun her protest on Monday after being continually denied access to medical care.

Over the three days she lost 3kg in weight.

Ms Zaghari-Ratcliffe is currently in a prison in Tehran over spying charges which she denies.

A statement released by the Free Nazanin Campaign said she was allowed to call her husband Richard Ratcliffe on Wednesday to inform him of her decision, which she took along with a fellow inmate who joined her protest.

The statement said:

"The Free Nazanin Campaign can confirm with relief that Nazanin and Narges have ended their hunger strike today, and have not extended it beyond the original three days.

"Nazanin's lawyer emphasised to both Nazanin and Narges that now he had confirmed the permission for the treatment they needed to end the strike.

"They had both made their point. The authorities realised that there was a lot of attention on their cases, but they did not need to provoke them further.

"He told them to get their families to arrange medical appointments for next week."

Earlier, six human rights experts at the United Nations said the refusal of medical care could amount to torture.

They also reiterated calls for Nazanin to be released to her family.