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UK to Consider Special Status for UK Woman Detained in Iran

Wednesday, 15 November 2017 05:37 AM

LONDON (AP) — Britain's foreign secretary says he will meet with the husband of a British woman imprisoned in Iran to discuss offering her a special status to help secure her freedom.

Boris Johnson has apologized for suggesting that 38-year-old Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe was training journalists when she was arrested last year.

While the dual British-Iranian citizen says she was simply visiting family, she was imprisoned for plotting the "soft toppling" of Iran's government. The judiciary cited Johnson's comments in threatening to double Zaghari-Ratcliffe's five-year sentence.

Johnson told the House of Commons that he would discuss on Wednesday the possibility of giving Zaghari-Ratcliffe "diplomatic protection," which would elevate her case to a legal dispute between Britain and Iran.

Richard Ratcliffe believes the move would help ministers act "more stridently" to support his wife.

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