Jailed British-Iranian gets diplomatic protection

LONDON, The British government said on Friday it would give jailed British-Iranian woman Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe diplomatic protection.

“Jailed British-Iranian woman Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe will be given diplomatic protection by Britain,” Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt said to BBC.

Hunt said the move was unlikely to be a “magic wand” to get her released, but was an “important diplomatic step”.

He added that it “demonstrates to the whole world that Nazanin is innocent” and signaled to Iran “that its behavior is totally wrong”.

Hunt noted that the decision to grant Zaghari-Ratcliffe diplomatic protection “sends a very strong message” to Iran, noting that she should not be paying the price for whatever disagreements you have with the UK.” In response, the Iranian ambassador to London said the decision “contravenes international law”.

He said Iran refuses to recognize dual nationals so it does not recognize Zaghari-Ratcliffe’s right to be represented by Britain.

Zaghari-Ratcliffe was jailed for five years in Iran in 2016 after being convicted of spying, a charge which she denies.

Source: Kuwait News Agency