Boris Johnson’s inaccurate comments about the case of a British mum imprisoned by Iran have been broadcast on the country’s state TV channel as “proof” of her supposed crimes.
The Foreign Secretary wrongly claimed last week that Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, who was arrested in Tehran last April and sentenced to 5 years in prison for ‘plotting against Iran’, was in the country “teaching journalists” when she was in fact visiting family.
Three days later she was hauled before a court and charged with “spreading propaganda”, which could see her sentenced doubled.
Johnson has refused to take responsibility for the situation – but his comments were cited as evidence against Zaghari-Ratcliffe on Iran’s state broadcaster yesterday:
The report includes Johnson’s original comments at the Foreign Affairs Select committee and subsequent failure to fully retract and apologise for his mistake in the Commons.
Journalists from the BBC’s Persian service explained more about the contents of the report, which was run under the headline “confess”:
#Iran stateTV welcomes @BorisJohnson‘s remarks ab Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe (@FreeNazanin) as an “unintended confession of the UK gov ab the real plot” behind her trip to Iran & a “proof” of #IRGC‘s accusations against her.” via @NarimanGharib pic.twitter.com/ZaC1T8EVqA
— Hadi Nili (@HadiNili) November 8, 2017
— Rana Rahimpour (@ranarahimpour) November 8, 2017
Not only is Johnson a global embarrassment to Britain, he’s a danger to its citizens. He should resign.
Before he does, he urgently needs to make a statement in Parliament clarifying his remarks – as the family of Zaghari-Ratcliffe has requested twice.
This woman and her family shouldn’t have to pay the price of Boris’ bluster…