London, Nov 15 (AP) Britain’s foreign secretary says he will meet with the husband of a British woman imprisoned in Iran to discuss offering her a special status to help secure her freedom.

Boris Johnson has apologized for suggesting that 38- year-old Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe was training journalists when she was arrested last year.

While the dual British-Iranian citizen says she was simply visiting family, she was imprisoned for plotting the “soft toppling” of Iran’s government. The judiciary cited Johnson’s comments in threatening to double Zaghari- Ratcliffe’s five-year sentence.

Johnson told the House of Commons that he would discuss today the possibility of giving Zaghari-Ratcliffe “diplomatic protection,” which would elevate her case to a legal dispute between Britain and Iran.

Richard Ratcliffe believes the move would help ministers act “more stridently” to support his wife. (AP) UZM

This is published unedited from the PTI feed.