Britain's foreign secretary says he will meet with the husband of a British woman imprisoned in Iran 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 government. 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 Britain and Iran.
Richard Ratcliffe believes the move would help ministers act "more stridently" to support his wife.
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