Mr Raab said the sentence is ‘totally inhumane and wholly unjustified’ as he demanded Tehran release the British-Iranian mother of one ‘immediately’ so she can finally return to her family in the UK.
Mr Johnson insisted the Government is ‘working very hard’ to secure her release as he said officials and ministers will now ‘redouble our efforts’.
The charity worker has been given an additional jail term having already completed a five-year sentence on charges levied by Iranian authorities, the last year of which was spent under house arrest due to the pandemic.
Her lawyer Hojjat Kermani said she received the second sentence on a charge of spreading ‘propaganda against the system’ for participating in a protest in front of the Iranian Embassy in London in 2009.
As well as the one-year jail term the dual British-Iranian citizen has also been handed a one-year travel ban starting after her imprisonment.
It raises the prospect of Mrs Zaghari-Ratcliffe, 42, not being able to see her six-year-old daughter Gabriella for at least another two years.
It is also likely to deepen the festering diplomatic row between the UK and Iran.
Her husband Richard Ratcliffe, a lawyer from London, told the Mail that the couple hadn’t told Gabriella that her mother may be returning to prison.
He said: ‘We have decided not to tell her, though she will have seen me doing interviews at the kitchen table all day and she’ll pick it up from school. But Nazanin’s not back in prison yet.’
Boris Johnson and Dominic Raab today condemned the Iranian government after Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe was handed an additional one-year jail term. Mrs Zaghari-Ratcliffe is pictured in Tehran in March this year after she was released from house arrest
He said his wife’s reaction had been anger.
‘Nazanin was calm initially but became more and more angry. She said she wanted to shout at Dominic Raab,’ he added.
Asked about his reaction, he said: ‘It’s beyond words. It’s a slap in the face. It’s worse than we were expecting. It’s a warning shot from Iran but the Government has been naive to allow this to drag on.
‘They have an aversion to standing up to it. They still won’t admit she’s a hostage. They have a duty to protect people and they have failed in that duty.’
But Mr Ratcliffe said he was pleased that Boris Johnson had issued a strong statement.
Dominic Raab said the sentence is ‘totally inhumane and wholly unjustified’ as he demanded Tehran release the British-Iranian mother of one ‘immediately’ so she can return to her family in the UK
Mr Johnson said the Government would be ‘working very hard’ to secure her release despite years of unsuccessful efforts.
He added: ‘I don’t think it is right at all that Nazanin should be sentenced to any more time in jail.
‘The Government will not stop, we will redouble our efforts, and we are working with our American friends on this issue.’
In a phone call with Iranian president Hassan Rouhani last month, Mr Johnson pressed for her release.
But the Iranian leader accused the UK of making little progress in returning a debt of around £400million that Iran claims it is owed for a 1970s arms deal.
Mrs Zaghari-Ratcliffe, of north London, was first detained in 2016 as Iranian authorities made widely refuted spying allegations.
Mr Johnson, pictured during a visit to a warehouse in Wrexham today, insisted the Government is ‘working very hard’ to secure her release as he said officials and ministers will ‘redouble our efforts’.
Mr Raab, the Foreign Secretary, said in a statement: ‘This is a totally inhumane and wholly unjustified decision.
‘We continue to call on Iran to release Nazanin immediately so she can return to her family in the UK. We continue to do all we can to support her.’
Mrs Zaghari-Ratcliffe completed her first sentence in March but was returned to court later in the month where she was tried on new charges of ‘propaganda against Iran’.
In a statement, her MP Tulip Siddiq, who represents Hampstead and Kilburn, said: ‘This is a terrible blow for Nazanin and her family, who have been hoping and praying that she would soon be free to come home.
‘It is devastating to see Nazanin once again being abusively used as bargaining chip.
‘We’ve been told the Government has been working behind the scenes to secure Nazanin’s release.
‘These efforts have clearly failed and we deserve an urgent explanation from minsters about what has happened.’
Mrs Zaghari-Ratcliffe’s husband Mr Ratcliffe earlier told the BBC the decision was ‘clearly a negotiating tactic’ by the Iranian authorities, adding she had not yet been summoned to prison at this point.
Her lawyer is planning to appeal, the BBC said.
Some observers have linked Mrs Zaghari-Ratcliffe’s case to a long-standing debt Iran alleges it is owed by the UK.
Former foreign secretary Jeremy Hunt questioned why the issue of the IMS (International Military Services) debt owed to Iran – thought to be as much as £400 million over the non-delivery of tanks in 1979 – had not been dealt with.
He said: ‘This is so distressing. Iran’s cruelty seems to know no bounds. Impossible to imagine what the family are going through today. Key question is why the IMS debt issue is still not settled given the UK accepts that it owes this money?’