Boris Johnson apologizes for endangering jailed aid worker in Iran

Iranian-British aid worker Nazanin Zaghari Ratcliffe is seen in an undated

Iranian-British aid worker Nazanin Zaghari Ratcliffe is seen in an undated

Charity worker Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, wife of Farnham's Richard Ratcliffe, has been held in Tehran since her arrest by Iran's Revolutionary Guard in April 2016. The comments "undermined" release efforts.

FOREIGN Secretary Boris Johnson has heeded calls to condemn Iran's detention of the wife of a Farnham man, and offered to visit her in prison.

May's government is doing everything it can to secure the release of Zaghari-Ratcliffe, a project manager with the Thomson Reuters Foundation, the spokesman said.

"My remarks on the subject before the Foreign Affairs Select Committee could and should have been clearer and I acknowledge that the words I used were open to being misinterpreted and I apologize to Mrs Zaghari-Ratcliffe and her family if I inadvertently caused them any further anguish", Johnson said.

"I reject any suggestion that she was there in a professional capacity", he added.

This led United Nations human rights experts to express "grave" concerns for her welfare, calling on the Iranian authorities to release her at once.

The Herald recently reported that Nazanin, who is already serving a five-year jail term, is now facing fresh charges and could face an additional 16 years of imprisonment if convicted.

The Foreign Office, however, issued a statement saying that in response to the outcry over Johnson's original remarks he discussed the matter with Iran's Foreign Minister, "to raise again his serious concerns about the case and ensure his remarks are not misrepresented".

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