Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe's statement in full as she meets press for the first ...
Detained British-Iranian citizen Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, who was released from prison in Iran after six years last week, has given her first news conference since returning to the UK – and she didn’t hold back in her criticism of the UK Government.
The charity worker was detained by Iran in 2016 for “spying” on the country – charges which she has always denied – with her husband Richard Ratcliffe going on several hunger strikes to pressure ministers into working harder to bring her home.
That day happened on Thursday, with Liz Truss, the foreign secretary, saying that Zaghari-Ratcliffe’s release and that of Morad Tahbaz were the result of “years of hard work and dedication by our brilliant diplomats and intensive efforts over the past six months”.
It was also likely down to the fact that the UK Government paid off a debt which many believed to have been partly responsible for the dual citizen’s lengthy detention.
However, speaking in Westminster alongside Richard and her MP, Labour’s Tulip Siddiq, Ms Zaghari-Ratcliffe had some strong words to describe the UK Government’s handling of her injustice.
She told reporters: “I have seen five foreign secretaries change over the course of six years, that is unprecedented, given the politics of the UK.
Good for her! I like her spirit. People who think she should be meek and grateful are appalling
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I hope she completely snubs the gvt and boots the boot in, in particular with Johnsons incompetence when he was Foreign Sec
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Including @BorisJohnson the Foreign Secretary who had your sentence doubled by babbling about journalism classes in a Select Committee
Since Ms Zaghari-Ratcliffe was imprisoned in Iran in 2016, the five foreign secretaries who all pledged to reunite her with her family were Philip Hammond, Boris Johnson (you know, the current prime minister), Jeremy Hunt, Dominic Raab and Liz Truss.
No, we can’t quite believe that happened, either.
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