Nazanin's husband Richard is so happy to ‘retire’ after her release

Monday, 28th March — By Isabelle Stanley

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Richard Ratcliffe held a series of demonstrations and refused to let his wife’s case be forgotten


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HUNGER strike husband Richard Ratcliffe has told how he is relieved to finally be hanging up his campaigning hat after six years – and says it is now time to focus on his family life at home

He has become known him as the man who campaigned tirelessly for his wife’s release, organising protests, comedy nights, carol services and even going on hunger strike camped outside the Iranian embassy and then the Foreign Office in November.


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These gruelling protests demanding more action lasted 15 and 21 days and he only stopped when concern for his health became too great. Mr Ratcliffe had looked haunted during his time on the pavement, but at Monday’s press conference he looked like a different man as he gazed at his wife throughout.

His sister, Rebecca Ratcliffe, later told the New Journal: “You can see the years off on his face. I haven’t seen him smile or laugh as much for the last six years. Everyone has said he looks younger.”

Since her return, Mr Ratcliffe said they are taking “baby steps” towards becoming a family again – he said he knows there will be ups and downs, but that they will face the challenge together.

Although he expressed his gratitude to the press for their help, he asked that they respect his privacy now, and gave them time to learn to be together again.

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