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UK NewsIran latest: Two British-Australian women arrested and detained in Tehran

12:55  11 september  2019
12:55  11 september  2019 Source:   inews.co.uk

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Two British - Australian women believed to be in prison, while location of Australian man is unknown. The two women have reportedly been detained in Evin prison in Tehran , where the 41-year-old British- Iranian Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe has been incarcerated on spying charges since

Two British - Australian women have reportedly been arrested and detained in Iran amid growing The pair are believed to have been incarcerated in Evin Jail, Tehran , where 41-year old Nazanin The latest incidents are thought to be the first time British passport holders who do not have Iranian

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Three British-Australian people have been arrested in Iran in two separate incidents, diplomats have confirmed.

Reports say Australian officials are assisting the families of a British-Australian blogger and her Australian boyfriend who were arrested 10 weeks ago for allegedly camping in a military area outside of Jajrood, in Tehran province.

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Another British-Australian woman, who works as an academic at an Australian university, was arrested several months ago and sentenced to 10 years in prison, according to agencies.

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Two British - Australian women have been jailed in Iran , it has been reported. It was said that one of the pair was sentenced to 10 years in prison. The two women are reportedly incarcerated in Tehran ’s notorious Evin jail, where British- Iranian mother Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe has been held

The two women are reportedly incarcerated in Tehran ’s notorious Evin jail, where 41-year-old Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, a British - Iranian mother of one “(DFAT) is providing consular assistance to the families of three Australians detained in Iran . Due to our privacy obligations, we will not comment

The two women are reportedly incarcerated in Tehran's notorious Evin jail, where 41-year-old Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, a British-Iranian mother of one, has been held on spying charges since 2016.

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The 40-year-old was arrested at Tehran’s Imam Khomeini airport while travelling with her young daughter in April 2016 and sentenced to five years in prison after being accused of spying, a charge she vehemently denies. Successive British Foreign Secretaries, including Boris Johnson, have failed to secure her release.

A protest calling for Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe outside teh Iranian embassy in London (Photo: Chris J Ratcliffe/Getty Images)

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IRANIAN authorities have detained two British - Australian women and an Australian man after they were arrested in two separate incidents, with the trio currently held in a notorious jail in Tehran . Iran news: Two British - Australian women detained in notorious Tehran jail on spy charges.

Two British - Australian women and another foreign national, also believed to be Australian, have been detained in Iran . BBC Persia has also reported a woman and her Australian partner were detained by the Iranian Revolutionary Guard for camping in a military area around Jajrood in Tehran

The Australian Government's Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) confirmed on Wednesday it was lending consular assistance to the families of the three people who were more recently arrested, but whose names have not been made public.

"[DFAT] is providing consular assistance to the families of three Australians detained in Iran. Due to our privacy obligations, we will not comment further," the department said in a statement provided to the PA news agency.

While the charges against the second woman, a Cambridge-educated academic, remain unclear, 10-year terms are often handed down in Iran for spying charges.

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The blogger and her boyfriend had been documenting their travels on YouTube and Instagram, with their followers having become concerned in the past several weeks by the absence of any new posts.

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Australia on Wednesday revealed that three of its citizens had been detained in Iran , the latest in a series of Westerners to Confirmation of their detention comes after the Times of London reported that two British - Australian women were being held in Tehran 's Evin prison, and Australian broadcaster

A British - Australian woman detained in Iran has been identified as Kylie Moore-Gilbert, a Middle East politics specialist at Melbourne University. Their arrest is not believed to be related to that of Dr Moore-Gilbert. All three are reportedly being held in Tehran 's Evin prison, where British- Iranian

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The cases of the two women are believed to be the first imprisonments in Iran of British passport holders who do not also have Iranian nationality.

Their arrests come amid a downturn in relations between Britain and Iran, sparked by issues including the seizure by the Royal Marines in July of an Iranian oil tanker near Gibraltar.

Britain's Foreign and Commonwealth Office has agreed to their Australian counterparts handling the case.

DFAT on Monday updated its travel advice for Iran. It remains at a level of "reconsider your need to travel", with the highest level ("Do not travel") applying in some parts of the country.

"There is a risk that foreigners, including Australians, could be arbitrarily detained, or arrested," the advice notice says.

"You may be at greater risk if you have a profile that can be seen adversely by Iranian authorities, or if you undertake certain activities which could attract the attention of Iranian authorities."

Additional reporting by PA

British-Australian woman held in Iran named.
A British-Australian woman being held in an Iranian jail has been named as a Melbourne academic who published books on the 2011 Arab uprisings and authoritarian governments. © Other Kylie Moore-Gilbert is a lecturer at Melbourne University Kylie Moore-Gilbert, the third person revealed this week to be detained in Iran, has been held in Tehran's notorious Evin prison for nearly a year after reportedly being given a 10-year sentence.

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