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Britain's Johnson to meet husband of aid worker jailed in Iran

From Reuters - November 14, 2017

LONDON (Reuters) - British foreign minister Boris Johnson will on Wednesday meet the husband of an aid worker jailed in Iran to discuss granting diplomatic protection to her as part of an effort to secure her release from prison.

Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, a project manager with the Thomson Reuters Foundation, was sentenced to five years in prison after being convicted by an Iranian court of plotting to overthrow the clerical establishment. She denies the charges.

Johnson came under pressure to resign after comments he made earlier this month that Zaghari-Ratcliffe had been teaching people journalism before her arrest in April 2016. Critics said the comments might have prompted Iran to extend her sentence. He apologized for his remarks on Monday.

The Thomson Reuters Foundation, a charity organization that is independent of Thomson Reuters and operates independently of Reuters News, said Zaghari-Ratcliffe had been on holiday and had not been teaching journalism in Iran.

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