According to reports, by paying the huge debt Britain is trying to improve bilateral relations with Iran seeking to free Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, an Iranian-British project manager with the Thomson Reuters Foundation, who was sentenced to five years in Iran over alleged espionage and plotting to oust the clerical establishment.
However, later the UK government spokesperson denied any connection between the debt issue and fate of the incarcerated woman.
Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe:— Amnesty UK (@AmnestyUK) November 13, 2017
• Served 1.5 years in an Iranian prison so far, including solitary confinement
• Separated from her family
• Health worsening
• May face new charges & years more behind bars
• Has committed no crime#FreeNazanin https://t.co/W1qqGcEPrk pic.twitter.com/5Bl5iQONUC
About to meet with Boris Johnson alongside Nazanin’s husband Richard Ratcliffe — a British mother has now been jailed in Iran for 19 months for a crime she did not commit #FreeNazanin pic.twitter.com/Vb6thkE812— Tulip Siddiq (@TulipSiddiq) November 15, 2017
On Tuesday, Zaghari-Ratcliffe's husband met with UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson and urged him to contribute to the release of his wife. Richard Ratcliffe expressed hope that his wife and daughter, whom he haven't seen for almost two years, would be home by Christmas.