This Writer firmly believes that Mr Johnson will put his foot in his mouth again – as he and other members of the stupid Conservative government have done continually since Mrs Zaghari-Ratcliffe’s case was brought up before the Commons Foreign Affairs Committee last month.
Mr Johnson still refuses to apologise for the imbecilic blunder that made Mrs Zaghari-Ratcliffe’s position so much worse. We are told she was likely to be released before Christmas, until Mr Johnson said he believed she had been in Iran to train journalists – unintentionally corroborating the charges under which she was arrested in 2016. For a foreign secretary, that is an unforgivable error.
Worse still is the fact that other members of the stupid Conservative government have tried to justify Mr Johnson’s behaviour by pretending an ignorance of the situation themselves – notably Michael Gove, in an interview with Andrew Marr.
Mr Gove said he did not know what Mrs Zaghari-Ratcliffe had been doing in Iran, at a time when the UK government’s line is very firmly that she was on holiday.
Richard Ratcliffe, Mrs Zaghari-Ratcliffe’s husband, said in an interview published today (December 9) that he did not understand why Mr Gove did this but he did not believe the government had been honest.
“With this government I have expectations, and sometimes it feels like they’ve not been entirely honest with me. So that’s the bit that will provoke me.
“So for instance, Michael Gove saying, ‘I don’t know [why Nazanin was in Iran when she was arrested].” Mr Ratcliffe wrote to the Foreign Office, and Downing Street issued a clarification. “You’ve got some citizen reminding cabinet ministers of what their own policy is. Mental.”
Mental is the word – especially when describing Boris Johnson going on a mission to free Mrs Zaghari-Ratcliffe from a fate to which he consigned her with his own stupidity.
Boris Johnson has arrived in Tehran, where he is expected to lobby for the release of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, the British-Iranian woman who has been imprisoned there for nearly two years.
The foreign secretary landed in the Iranian capital on Saturday morning, where he will meet his counterpart, Mohammad Javad Zarif, to discuss his “grave concerns” for Zaghari-Ratcliffe and other dual-nationals.
Zaghari-Ratcliffe has been told she will appear in court on Sunday facing new charges relating to espionage that could result in her five-year sentence being extended by as much as 10 years.
Johnson has denied these additional charges are due to his error in telling a foreign affairs select committee in November that she had been in Iran to train journalists.
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