Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe 'lived in the shadow' of Boris Johnson's words, MP recounts
Guardian, 13 May 2022
Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe told Boris Johnson she 'lived in the shadow' of his inaccurate comments for over four years, Labour MP Tulip Siddiq has said, after Zaghari-Ratcliffe met the prime minister for the first time since her release in March.
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In 2017, then foreign secretary Johnson wrongly claimed that Zaghari-Ratcliffe had been training journalists at the time of her arrest in 2016. His remarks were used as proof that she was engaged in 'propaganda against the regime'.
When asked if Johnson would be apologising to Zaghari-Ratcliffe, a spokesperson for the prime minister said: 'I think it is important to remember that it was the Iranian government who were responsible for her unfair detention, and the decision to release her was always in their gift. However, I would point back to the prime minister’s words, his answers to questions on this before, and he has previously apologised for his comments in 2017'
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