Iran’s treatment of Zaghari-Ratcliffe amounts to torture, says Raab

Foreign secretary says it is ‘difficult to argue against’ suggestion the dual national is being held state hostage

Iran’s treatment of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe amounts to torture, the British foreign secretary, Dominic Raab, has said, as the Foreign Office downplayed an Iranian state TV report saying Britain would pay a £400m debt to secure her release.

Zaghari-Ratcliffe’s husband, Richard Ratcliffe, said the family had “heard nothing” about a deal to secure her release, as hopes were raised by the suggestion that the long-running dispute had been resolved.

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