US News Johnson to raise jailed Briton's case in Iran

23:21  07 december  2017
23:21  07 december  2017 Source:   Sky News

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The Foreign Office said that Johnson would call his Iranian counterpart, Mohammad Javad Zarif, " to raise again his serious concerns about the case and ensure his remarks are not misrepresented". Britons kidnapped in Nigeria are freed; 1 is killed.

Boris Johnson will meet the husband of jailed British mother Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe to discuss the possibility of her being offered “diplomatic protection” as part of efforts to secure her return from Iran . Under international law, diplomatic protection status could see the case raised to the level of a

Boris Johnson giving a lecture at a Chatham House event © PA Boris Johnson giving a lecture at a Chatham House event

Boris Johnson will raise the case of a British mother jailed in Iran when he travels to the country this weekend - his first trip there as Foreign Secretary.

The dual British Iranian national from north London was sentenced to five years in prison in the country in 2016 over allegations of plotting to overthrow the Iranian government, charges she denies.

Mrs Zaghari-Ratcliffe was arrested during a family holiday, a trip in which the 38-year-old was showing her baby daughter Gabriella to her parents.

She is due to face fresh charges of "spreading propaganda" during a court appearance on Sunday.

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Johnson will visit Iran before the end of the year to discuss the case of jailed Briton Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe after a careless blunder which threatens to lengthen her jail sentence.

Boris Johnson is to meet the husband of jailed British mother Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe It is thought that legal advice will have to be taken before determining whether the status – which would raise Mrs Mr Johnson returned from Brussels to answer an urgent question on the case in the House of

Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe and her family © Other Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe and her family

Mr Johnson has been under intense pressure to act to secure Ms Zaghari Ratcliffe's release.

The Foreign Secretary was widely criticised after incorrectly telling a parliamentary committee that she had been training journalists in Iran, later acknowledging that this was not the case.

It will be the first visit by a British foreign secretary since 2015 and only the third since 2003.

  Johnson to raise jailed Briton's case in Iran © press association

Sky's Diplomatic Editor Dominic Waghorn said the visit has been planned for "some time" as part of a bid by London and Tehran to improve relations.

Mr Johnson will meet with his Iranian counterpart, Mohammad Javad Zarif, during the trip.

As well as the case of Mrs Zaghari-Ratcliffe, Iran's nuclear deal with the West is also expected to be on the agenda, an agreement that US President Donald Trump has threatened to scrap.

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