Family of imprisoned British woman demands action from Boris Johnson after Iranian TV claims his comments on Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe were an admission of guilt

Family of imprisoned British woman demands action from Boris Johnson after Iranian TV claims comments on Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe were an admission of guilt

Comments by the Foreign Secretary were claimed by Iranian state TV to be an 'admission of guilt'

Thursday, November 9, 2017

The family of a British woman jailed in Iran have demanded Boris Johnson take action to secure her release following comments he made which have added to her plight.

Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe has been imprisoned in Iran since April 2016 and is serving a five-year sentence.

Earlier this week, the Foreign Secretary suggested that Mrs Zaghari-Ratcliffe had been training journalists in the country, a comment which was furiously denied by her family and employer.

Now, state TV in Iran has aired a report claiming the comments by Johnson amounted to an “unintended admission” of guilt, and that they had “dealt a blow” to campaigners and efforts by UK authorities to support Mrs Zaghari-Ratcliffe's claim that she had merely been on holiday at the time of her arrest.

Her husband, Richard Ratcliffe, said the Foreign Secretary's actions to try to free Mrs Zaghari-Ratcliffe “do not look sufficient” in the eyes of the Free Nazanin Campaign.

The group claims the TV report used the words of the Foreign Secretary to discredit the British citizen and impede efforts to release her.

The statement made it clear the government should not be denying the gravity of the situation or any abuse which could be meted out on Nazanin by the Iranian authorities.