Boris Johnson's Iranian gaffe is about to cost UK £450 million

Britain is set to pay a long-standing debt of £450 million to Iran to help free imprisoned mum Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe.

According to new reports Boris Johnson and Philip Hammond have authorised government lawyers to settle the 38 year-long dispute over a tank deal.

Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe has been locked up since April 2016 on trumped up propaganda charges. Her sentence was extended after the Foreign Secretary made a colossal blunder over her intentions while in the country.

According to exclusive reports Iranian hardliners have told ministers they expect the long-standing debt to be settled as part of a shopping list of demands before Nazanin is freed.

Although the government has moved quickly to distance the debt repayment from the Zaghari-Ratcliffe incident, it seems to be a coincidence that the payment is set to be agreed after almost 40 years at the same time Britain finds itself in the middle of a diplomatic crisis.

Speaking after his first meeting with Boris, Zaghari-Ratcliffe’s husband Richard said: “It is important that the UK honours its international legal obligations, so that Iran can honour its legal obligations.

“They are separate things, but it is good for the atmosphere if they are all served.”

Treasury and Foreign Office officials are working on a way around ongoing UN sanctions on military equipment, overseen by the EU, that currently forbid the payment.

The money is already being held by the High Court on behalf of the Government, after the Hague’s Permanent Court of Arbitration ruled in favour of Iran in 2001.

A government spokeswoman said: “This is a long standing case and relates to contracts signed over 40 years ago with the pre-revolution Iranian regime.

“Funding to settle the debt was paid to the high court by the Treasury in 2002.

“Iran’s Ministry of Defence remains subject to EU sanctions.

“It is wrong to link a completely separate debt issue with any other aspect of our bilateral relationship with Iran.”



Related Posts

Widespread sexual exploitation of women taking place in “pop-up brothels”
Firefighters continue to try and bring the blaze under control at 27-storey Grenfell Tower in Latimer Road, White City, London 14 June 2017. FILE PHOTO. See National News story NNTOWER: Specialists working at Grenfell Tower have made 87 'recoveries' of human remains in the tower - but warn that could mean more than 87 separate people. More than 250 investigators are still working at the scene, and will have to comb through over 300 tonnes of debris in the burnt-out shell of the tower to find what is left of the victims. Police say 21 people have been formally identified, but it could take until the end of the year to have an accurate number of victims. Last night, families of those who died or are missing and presumed dead met with key members of the Metropolitan Police and the Senior Coroner, Dr Fiona Wilcox.
Grenfell Tower blaze inquiry starts with emotional tribute to youngest victim
 'Dirty money' from Russia is putting UK in danger, say MPs

2 Responses

  1. Ian Middleton

    So now we have to roll over on everything Iran wants in order to save this useless idiot’s political skin.

    If he’d kept his slobbering gob shut she’d have been home in a few weeks anyway.

    What a shining example of British diplomatic skill!

    1. David

      Well, Britain owed that money to Iran, so it isn’t costing Britain anything new, since it was already owed and should have been paid long ago.

Leave a Reply