Foreign secretary holds first meeting with Richard Ratcliffe in effort to show “no stone unturned” in push for Nazanin’s release
Boris Johnson will for the first time hold a face-to-face meeting with Richard Ratcliffe, the husband of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, where he will be asked to disclose whether Iran has demanded a ransom for her release.
Johnson and his consular specialists are due to meet Ratcliffe at the Foreign Office on Wednesday in an effort to persuade him that diplomats are leaving “no stone unturned” to secure her release from an Iranian jail.
Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe is a 38-year-old Iranian-British dual national who has been jailed in Iran since April 2016. She has been accused of attempting to orchestrate a “soft overthrow” of the Islamic Republic. She and her three-year-old daughter, Gabriella, were about to return to the UK from Iran after a family visit when she was arrested. Since then, she has spent most of her time in Evin prison in Tehran, separated from her daughter.