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AustraliaGovt officials demand release of three Australians detained in Iran

00:45  12 september  2019
00:45  12 september  2019 Source:

Dutton, Marles decline to comment on travel bloggers' arrest in Iran

Dutton, Marles decline to comment on travel bloggers' arrest in Iran Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton has declined to weigh in on the case of two Australian travel bloggers who have been arrested in Iran. Jolie King and Mark Firkin are facing jail time in Iran for flying a drone without a licence in the Middle Eastern country. But, speaking to Today this morning, Mr Dutton was reluctant to comment publicly. "As we demonstrated before in these cases, the recent North Korea case, it's best that we don't publicly comment on it. "I think we are better to let the diplomats do their work for us." © AAP Image/Supplied, Social Media Perth residents Jolie King (left) and Mark Firkin.

Three Australian citizens – two of whom also hold British passports – have been arrested and detained in Iran . While two of those arrested hold dual citizenships, the Australian government is leading negotiations with Tehran over the conditions and potential release of all three arrested.

Three citizens of Australia are being held in Iran , the Australian government said on Wednesday, confirming the detentions as frictions remain high between Tehran and The Australian government said it was providing consular assistance to the families of those detained , and it reminded travelers

British government officials are demanding the release of three Australians who have been detained in Iran, two of whom have dual British citizenship.

A British-Australian academic is believed to have been detained for several months, and in a separate case, a British-Australian blogger and her Australian partner were reportedly arrested while travelling across the country.

DFAT updated its travel advice to Iran, warning travellers could be “arbitrarily detained or arrested”.

In a statement, the department advised travellers may be at greater risk if they have a profile that could be seen adversely by Iranian authorities or if they undertake certain activities which could attract the attention of Iranian authorities.

'Wonderful couple': Friends defend Australian travellers held in Iran.
Mark Firkin and Jolie King are imprisoned in Iran's notorious Evin Prison, accused of flying a drone without a permit above a military site.

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