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Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe: Iranian-Briton to get diplomatic protection

Jailed British-Iranian woman Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe will be given diplomatic protection by Britain, Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt has said.It means the case will now be treated as a formal, legal dispute between the two states involved - Britain and Iran.Mrs Zaghari-Ratcliffe was jailed for five years in Iran in 2016 after being convicted of spying, which she denies.Mr Hunt said the move was unlikely to be a "magic wand" to get her release but was an "important diplomatic step".He said it "demonstrates to the whole world that Nazanin is innocent" and signalled to Iran "that its behaviour is totally wrong".Iran refuses to recognise dual nationals so does not recognise Mrs Zaghari-Ratcliffe's right to be represented by Britain.Dip ...