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UK to consider special status for UK woman detained in Iran

AP  |  London 

Britain's foreign secretary says he will meet with the husband of a British woman imprisoned in to discuss offering her a special status to help secure her freedom.

Boris Johnson has apologized for suggesting that 38- year-old Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe was training journalists when she was arrested last year.

While the dual British-Iranian citizen says she was simply visiting family, she was imprisoned for plotting the "soft toppling" of Iran's The judiciary cited Johnson's comments in threatening to double Zaghari- Ratcliffe's five-year sentence.

Johnson told the House of Commons that he would discuss today the possibility of giving Zaghari-Ratcliffe "diplomatic protection," which would elevate her case to a legal dispute between and

Richard Ratcliffe believes the move would help ministers act "more stridently" to support his wife.

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First Published: Wed, November 15 2017. 16:02 IST