Minister says PM does not owe Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe an apology 

A minister insists that Boris Johnson is not responsible for Nazanin Zaghhari-Ratcliffe’s six year imprisonment in Iran.

After being released by Iranian authorities yesterday, Ms Zaghari Rahcliffe arrived in the UK this morning.

In 2017, Boris Johnson erroneously informed MPs that Mrs Zaghari-Ratcliffe had been “teaching people journalism” before her detainment by Iranian authorities.

Mrs Zaghari-Ratcliffe’s family and her employer have both maintained Mr Johnson’s comments were untrue.


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However his statement was referred to as proof by Iranian authorities that she was responsible for “propaganda against the regime”.

Middle East minister James Cleverly told Times Radio this morning:”The Iranian regime have demonstrated a willingness to apply completely arbitrary and meaningless charges.

“The simple truth of the matter is it was always within their gift to release Nazanin and Anoosheh and Morad and others, they chose not to. They are the sole party responsible for the suffering these people have endured in the last few years.”

Cleverly suggested he had: “absolutely no doubt that [Mr Johnson’s] comments made no difference”, citing the number of people of various nationalities detained in the Republic.