Monday, May 16, 2022

Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe tells PM: Your mistake had a lasting impact

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Boris Johnson meets Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe in Number Ten

Prime Minister Boris Johnson didn’t explicitly apologise to Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe after she criticised his dealing with of her six-year detention in Iran, her husband has mentioned.

Mrs Zaghari-Ratcliffe requested the PM why it took so lengthy to get her dwelling as she met him at Downing Street.

Her husband Richard mentioned she instructed the PM his inaccurate feedback about her in 2017 had left a “lasting impact”.

She was freed in March after the UK settled a historic debt to Iran.

Mr Ratcliffe mentioned the assembly was “warm”, however when requested if the prime minister had apologised for “mistakes” he had made within the case, he mentioned: “Not explicitly.”

In 2017, when Mr Johnson was overseas secretary in Theresa May’s authorities, he erroneously mentioned Mrs Zaghari-Ratcliffe had been coaching journalists in Iran.

Mr Johnson has beforehand apologised in parliament for the remarks he made in 2017, telling MPs he acknowledged “the words I used were open to being misinterpreted”.

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Richard Ratcliffe on spouse Nazinin’s launch: “It did not need to take six years.”

Recalling what his spouse instructed the prime minister, Mr Ratcliffe mentioned: “I just want you to know the mistake, the comments in 2017, had a lasting impact.”

“She said I lived with that for ages and I knew it was a mistake, but it lingered.”

Labour MP Tulip Siddiq, who additionally attended the assembly, mentioned Mrs Zaghari-Ratcliffe had “very clearly and categorically” instructed the prime minister that his phrases had had a “big impact” on her and that she “lived in the shadow” of them for 4 and a half years.

Ms Siddiq mentioned the prime minister “looked quite shocked”.

Mr Ratcliffe mentioned “late is a lot better than never” however there have been “lessons to learn” within the dealing with of his spouse’s detention in Iran.

“We talked about the mistakes made at the end,” he instructed reporters outdoors Downing Street.

“It was rough at the end, and I think, when Nazanin is ready to talk about it, that is something that we need to go through.”

Ms Siddiq, who’s the household’s native MP, mentioned the prime minister would think about giving proof to the Commons Foreign Affairs Committee inquiry into Mrs Zaghari-Ratcliffe’s case.

Ms Zaghari-Ratcliffe didn’t communicate to reporters as she left the assembly.

At a information convention in March, Mrs Zaghari-Ratcliffe mentioned it ought to by no means have taken the federal government so lengthy to safe her launch from jail in Iran.

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Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe and her household met the prime minister in Downing Street on Friday

Mrs Zaghari-Ratcliffe was arrested on spying costs whereas visiting her dad and mom in Iran, along with her then two-year-old daughter Gabriella, in April 2016.

While in Iran in September 2016, Mrs Zaghari-Ratcliffe, a venture supervisor for the Thomson Reuters Foundation, was accused of plotting to overthrow the Iranian authorities and was given a five-year sentence.

Then, in April 2021, she was sentenced for an additional 12 months on costs of propaganda towards the federal government.

Mrs Zaghari-Ratcliffe has all the time denied these allegations and mentioned that she was solely in Iran to go to her household.

Her launch got here after the UK authorities paid a £400m debt to Iran courting again to the Nineteen Seventies, though each governments have mentioned the 2 points shouldn’t be linked.

Another British-Iranian nationwide, Anoosheh Ashoori, was launched concurrently Mrs Zaghari-Ratcliffe.

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