I Hope To Have Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe Home By Christmas, Husband Tells LBC

16 November 2017, 13:43 | Updated: 16 November 2017, 16:28

The husband of a woman being held in an Iranian prison has told LBC he hopes to have her home by Christmas.

Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe was jailed in April 2016 while on a family holiday following allegations she was “plotting to topple the regime”.

The case intensified earlier this month when Boris Johnson claimed the 39-year-old mother had been teaching journalism - something her family say is incorrect.

Campaigners claim the comments could lead to her prison sentence increased.

The Foreign Secretary has since apologised and met with Ms Zaghari-Ratcliffe’s husband, Richard, on Wednesday.

Richard Ratcliffe
Richard Ratcliffe met with Boris Johnson on Wednesday. Picture: LBC

Speaking to Nick Ferrari on Thursday he described yesterday’s talks as “positive”.

“He talked about going to Iran which is something I’ve been asking for,” Mr Ratcliffe said.

“He’s planning on going this year, he didn’t give an exact date but he said he’s keen to take me."

Nick asked if a timeline had been put in place for Ms Zaghari-Ratcliffe’s release.

Mr Ratcliffe responded: “I’m hoping for Christmas.

“[Boris Johnson] was quite sensibly cautious he didn’t say ‘I’ll have your wife home by Christmas’ he just guaranteed he’d do his best.”