You can read 19 more articles this month
BORIS JOHNSON burbled yesterday that he “could have been clearer” when he blurted out claims that could keep a British mum locked up in an Iranian jail for an extra five years.
The Foreign Secretary told MPs that Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, who has been convicted of trying to overthrow the government, was in Iran to teach journalism.
Ms Zaghari-Ratcliffe has denied the charges, insisting she was only in the country so that her daughter could meet her grandparents.
But Mr Johnson denied that his blunder put Ms Zaghari-Ratcliffe in further danger, telling the Commons that he had spoken to his Iranian counterpart Javad Zarif to make it clear that the British government is in “no doubt” that she was not in Iran to overthrow its government.
He accused shadow foreign secretary Emily Thornberry of “deflecting blame” from the Iranian government onto him.
But Labour MP Yvette Cooper told him that it is “not the first time that he has said things that are inaccurate or damaging.”
Calling on him to resign, she said Britain deserves a foreign secretary who is not “too careless or lazy” to fix mistakes rather than “shrugging them off.”
Ms Zaghari-Ratcliffe is serving a five-year sentence for unspecified offences. She was summoned before an Iranian court on Saturday, shortly after Mr Johnson’s comments, to be told she was facing allegations of “spreading propaganda against the state.”
Her employer Thompson Reuters — who said she was not a journalist and worked as a project manager in the company’s media development team — and family have feared that the new allegation could add five more years to her sentence.
You can’t buy a revolution, but you can help the only daily paper in Britain that’s fighting for one by joining the 501 club.
Just £5 a month gives you the opportunity to win one of 17 prizes, from £25 to the £501 jackpot.
By becoming a 501 Club member you are helping the Morning Star cover its printing, distribution and staff costs — help keep our paper thriving by joining!
You can’t buy a revolution, but you can help the only daily paper in Britain that’s fighting for one by become a member of the People’s Printing Press Society.
The Morning Star is a readers’ co-operative, which means you can become an owner of the paper too by buying shares in the society.
Shares are £1 each — though unlike capitalist firms, each shareholder has an equal say. Money from shares contributes directly to keep our paper thriving.
Some union branches have taken out shares of over £500 and individuals over £100.
You can’t buy a revolution, but you can help the only daily paper in Britain that’s fighting for one by donating to the Fighting Fund.
The Morning Star is unique, as a lone socialist voice in a sea of corporate media. We offer a platform for those who would otherwise never be listened to, coverage of stories that would otherwise be buried.
The rich don’t like us, and they don’t advertise with us, so we rely on you, our readers and friends. With a regular donation to our monthly Fighting Fund, we can continue to thumb our noses at the fat cats and tell truth to power.
Donate today and make a regular contribution.