Jeremy Hunt inherits a promise to ‘leave no stone unturned’ to help Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, jailed in Iran. I hope he keeps it
When Boris Johnson resigned as foreign secretary on Monday, I was at my desk. As on many days over the past three years, events beyond my control meant I wouldn’t be able to go on working – the rest of the day would be spent fielding worried phone calls from Iran, and later from the press, answering through my disorientation what this might mean for my wife Nazanin.
Nazanin is the British charity worker who was arrested on holiday with our daughter Gabriella, and held in Iran for more than 800 days. She was convicted of secret charges at a trial where she wasn’t allowed to speak, called a spy during a propaganda campaign on Iranian TV, subject to a second court case which was blamed on Boris Johnson’s mistaken comments about her at a select committee – a case that was closed, and then reopened a couple of months ago.