Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe: Liam Fox criticised for claiming Boris Johnson didn't make 'serious gaffe'

Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe: Liam Fox criticised for claiming Boris Johnson didn't make 'serious gaffe'

Liam Fox spoke out about Boris Johnson's comments

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

International trade secretary Liam Fox has claimed Boris Johnson didn't make a "serious gaffe" when commenting on a British woman who has been jailed in Iran, leaving many outraged.

Some believe the foreign secretary's views may actually increase the sentence given to Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, who has been accused of propaganda against the country's regime.

Johnson said: "When I look at what Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe was doing, she was simply teaching people journalism, as I understand it."

Her husband and bosses at the Thomson Reuters Foundation both claim this is incorrect and the woman was actually in the country with her daughter on holiday, according to Sky News.

Despite this it is thought Johnson's remarks have provided Iran with more justification to continue holding the British-Iranian, who has been imprisoned since April last year and has now been charged again.

This could mean her five-year sentence is doubled. But Fox has told Sky News: "I don't believe it is a serious gaffe."

He claimed that the Iranian regime is "brutal" and is just using Johnson's comments "as an excuse to hold a UK citizen in the most tenuous, if not illegal, circumstances."

Fox went on to say Johnson was clearly stating the imprisonment of Zaghari-Ratcliffe is "totally unacceptable, that the behaviour of the regime is internationally unacceptable."

He then suggested Johnson needed support and said he thinks many are trying to discredit him without thinking of the impact this may bring.

But Twitter users have hit back at Fox and wondered how he would feel if he was imprisoned with some slamming him as "pathetic" and claiming he should be "ashamed" of himself.

Take a look at the reaction below