Boris Johnson arrives in Iran ahead of crunch talks to free Brit mum Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe

BORIS Johnson had touched down in Iran ahead of a bid to convince Iranian authorities to release a British mum from prison.

Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, 38, has been holed up in the country since April last year on trumped-up charges of plotting to overthrow the government.

Boris and Zarif

She denies them but is serving a five-year sentence and the Foreign Secretary will express “grave concerns” to the Tehran administration about her plight.

It comes after his blunder in Parliament last month in which he said she was in the country “training journalists”.

He later apologised for his mistake but the comments were seized upon by the Iranian government who said the mum-of-one could face more charges.

Her husband, Richard Ratcliffe, is hopeful Mr Johnson’s visit could see her home for Christmas.

Boris and Zarif

Mr Johnson will meet foreign minister Javad Zarif today, ahead of Nazanin’s next court hearing tomorrow.

Husband Richard Ratcliffe said: “I think it’s realistic she could be home for Christmas. I am hopeful.”

Mr Johnson has also requested a meeting with Nazanin while in Tehran.

Richard said: “The Foreign Office weren’t sure if he would be allowed to but it is definitely good that he is there before she appears in court.”

Mum Nazanin, of Hampstead, North London, faces possible new charges that could see her five-year sentence doubled.

Richard said: “By Monday or Tuesday I will know where we are and whether her release for Christmas is realistic or not.”

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