How a Boris Johnson slip-up could leave a woman in jail for five extra years

Wednesday, 15 November 2017, 07:55:48 AM. British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson is resisting calls to resign over his controversial comments about a British-Iranian woman jailed in Iran.
Video: Boris Johnson says he 'could have been clearer' on jailed aid worker in Iran (ABC News) "She was simply teaching people journalism, as I understand it". As Boris Johnson quotes go, the one above is not particularly eye-catching. Nor is it the sort of comment you would immediately expect to further shake an already fragile Government. The uninitiated observer may even ask, what is all the fuss about? But those few words represent yet another diplomatic blunder by the UK Foreign Secretary — and it is one that some claim could see a British-Iranian mother languish for years longer in a Tehran prison. So what is all the fuss about? In April last year, British-Iranian woman Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe was arrested in Iran, accused of spying and trying to overthrow the country's regime. Photo: Nanzanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe is accused of trying to overthrow the Iranian regime, which she denies. (Facebook: Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe) Her family maintains the purpose of her trip was to visit family, so her young daughter could meet her grandparents. On November 1, Mr Johnson told a parliamentary committee: "When I look at what Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe was doing, she was simply teaching people journalism, as I understand it. "[Neither] Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe nor her family has been informed about what crime she has actually committed. And that I find extraordinary, incredible." Those remarks appeared to undermine her insistence that she was really on holiday. Days later, Ms...Read more
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