Who is Richard Ratcliffe?
Richard Ratcliffe is a British accountant popular known as the husband of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe. Nazanin is an Iranian-British dual citizen who was detained in Iran from 3 April 2016 to 16 March 2022. She had gone to visit her parents in Iran in April 2016 together with her 22-month-old daughter when she was arrested by the Iranian government.
After almost six years of fighting for her freedom, she was released in March 2022 and reunited with her husband and daughter in London.
Richard Ratcliffe Accountant London
Ratcliffe works as an accountant in West Hampstead, London. He served as an audit principal at the National Audit Office and was seconded to the International Development Committee, chaired by Liberal Democrat Lord Bruce of Bennachie.
Richard Ratcliffe Age
Ratcliffe is currently 43 years old.
Richard Ratcliffe Background
Ratcliffe was born and raised in London by his parents. Not much information is known about his background. His mother’s name is Barbara. She has always been on the forefront supporting her son on the release of his wife.
Richard Ratcliffe Victoria Coren Mitchell
Victoria Coren Mitchell has always been at the forefront fighting for Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe’s release. As a presenter and an influencer, she used her platform to raise awareness of Nazanin’s case and always connected with the involved leaders to help on Nazanin’s case.
Victoria Elizabeth Coren Mitchell is a British writer, presenter, and professional poker player. Coren Mitchell writes weekly columns for The Telegraph and has hosted the BBC television quiz show Only Connect since 2008. On 16th March 2022 after Nazanin’s release, she tweeted that;
— Victoria Coren Mitchell (@VictoriaCoren) March 16, 2022
Richard Ratcliffe Daughter
Ratcliffe and his wife Nazanin have a daughter Gabriella Zaghari-Ratcliffe who was born in June 2014. He was separated from his daughter for almost three years after Nazanin was imprisoned in Iran in 2016. At that time, Gabriella lived with Nazanin’s parents until 2019 October when she returned to the United Kingdom to start school.
Richard Ratcliffe Wife
Ratcliffe and Nazanin met in 2007 through mutual friends. They dated for almost two years before getting married in August 2009 in Winchester.
Why was Richard Ratcliffe’s wife Nazanin Arrested?
Nazanin was detained in n Iran from 3 April 2016 to 16 March 2022. She was sentenced to five years in prison in early September 2016 after being found guilty of “plotting to destabilize the Iranian government.” During the COVID-19 pandemic in Iran on March 17, 2020, she was temporarily released while being monitored.
In October 2017, Tehran’s prosecutor general stated that Zaghari-Ratcliffe was being held for running “a BBC Persian online journalism course aimed at recruiting and training people to spread propaganda against Iran.” Zaghari-Ratcliffe has always denied the spying charges leveled against her, and her husband claims that she was imprisoned “as leverage for a debt owed by the UK over its failure to deliver tanks to Iran in 1979.”
Her original sentence was due to end on March 7, 2021, but she was scheduled to face a new set of charges on March 14, 2021. On April 26, she was found guilty of anti-government propaganda and sentenced to one year in prison. Her appeal was denied by an Iranian court on October 16. Zaghari-Ratcliffe was released on March 16, 2022, and returned to the UK the following day.