Richard Ratcliffe tells James Whale: Jeremy Hunt 'cares' about his wife Nazanin's plight

Richard Ratcliffe tells James Whale: Jeremy Hunt 'cares' about his wife Nazanin's plight

Friday, August 24, 2018

The husband of imprisoned charity worker Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe said Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt ‘cares’ about his wife’s plight.

Mrs Zaghari-Ratcliffe was imprisoned in Iran in 2016 on spying charges, but temporarily released yesterday for three days.

Her husband Richard Ratcliffe told James Whale that Hunt was “very serious about her case”.

“We’ll see if we can extender her [leave], that’ll be the first test then we’ll need to assess,” he said.

“I’ve got a visa application in, I’ll chase it in a couple of weeks. But the first step is check she can stay out longer.”
Mrs Zaghari-Ratcliffe was reunited with her daughter Gabriella yesterday (August 23).


Previous Foreign Secretary made 'mistakes'

Earlier this month, Hunt pledged to help get her released.

Former Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson was accused last year of complicating the case when he told a parliamentary inquiry that Mrs Zaghari-Ratcliffe had been teaching journalism in Tehran, when her defence centred around her assertion she had never worked in the country.

“I’m sure the previous Foreign Secretary worked very hard, there were clearly mistakes and attempts to solve them,” said Mr Ratcliffe.

“It’s clear the new Foreign Secretary cares, I’ve met him twice and he’s clearly very serious about her case. He’s put out some pretty strong statements.”

Hunt yesterday praised the the fact she’d been released.

“Did you feel Boris didn’t take the situation seriously enough, or was Boris not really experienced enough to do the job?” asked Whale.

“I don’t think the first one’s fair, maybe he hadn’t read his notes properly when he made his additional comment but he certainly took it seriously after that,” Mr Ratcliffe responded.

“The second one, who knows what stopped it from moving forwards for so long. Maybe it’s a function of time, maybe relationships change with what President Trump has done and everything else. It’s always hard to over-read these things. I think he did his best.”

Watch the conversation above.