Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe.

Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe is the woman whose plight was made much worse when Boris Johnson – the UK’s Foreign Secretary and therefore the country’s top diplomat – got involved.

Like the truly ignorant Tory toff that he is, Mr Johnson launched himself into an entirely erroneous monologue, claiming to the Commons that Mrs Zaghari-Ratcliffe had been committing exactly those crimes of which she had been accused.

If he had been briefed on the subject beforehand, he clearly had not been paying the slightest bit of attention. And this is surprising because – let’s face it – he doesn’t have much to occupy his tiny mind at the moment.

He subsequently visited Iran in what we are told was an attempt to free Mrs Zaghari-Ratcliffe but which, for all the good it did, might as well have been a publicly-funded jolly to the sun.

He should have been sacked but wasn’t. Considering his many other blunders, one can only hold him up as an example of the corruption for which the current Tory government is justly famous; he isn’t there because he can do the job – he’s there because somebody powerful wants him there.

Now, we are told, prime minister Theresa May has tried to get in on the act, telephoning Iranian PM Hassan Rouhani and calling for her release – along with that of other British prisoners – on “humanitarian grounds”.

Considering the Tory knack for saying the wrong thing – and the casual racism that has become a hallmark of Mrs May’s ministry – one can only speculate on whether she is the source of the new charges against Mrs Zaghari-Ratcliffe.

Jailed British-Iranian Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe is facing a new charge against her in Iran, her campaign says.

She appeared in court on Saturday when she was told about the new allegation of spreading propaganda.

Her husband said the 39-year-old, who denied the charge, was told to expect a conviction by the judge.

Mrs Zaghari-Ratcliffe, who has has been held in Iran since April 2016, is serving a five-year jail sentence in Iran after being convicted of spying.

She was detained at an airport while travelling home with her daughter and was accused by Iran of plotting against the government.

Mrs Zaghari-Ratcliffe, from Hampstead, north London, denies the charges against her and says she was in the country to introduce her daughter, Gabriella, to her parents.

Source: Jailed British-Iranian faces new charge


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