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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 are believed to be in prison in Tehran while the location of an Australian man is unknown. Three Australian citizens – two of whom also hold British passports – have been arrested and detained in Iran . One of the women , a British - Australian academic who

Iran has reportedly detained two more dual British nationals amid growing tensions between London and Tehran . Tehran has pursued a campaign of detaining Iranian and dual nationals academics in recent years, raising fears the Islamic republic is using them as diplomatic leverage.

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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.

Two British-Australian Women Among Three 'Detained In Iran'

Two British-Australian Women Among Three 'Detained In Iran' Australian diplomats have confirmed they are assisting the families of three people who have been arrested in Iran, two of whom are reportedly British-Australian dual nationals. Media reports have said a British-Australian blogger and her Australian boyfriend were arrested 10 weeks ago, allegedly for camping in a military area around Jajrood, in Tehran province. In a separate incident, 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, reports said.

An Australian man and two women , both British - Australian nationals, have reportedly been detained in a notorious Iranian prison. The UK Times revealed the women — a blogger travelling through Asia with her Australian boyfriend and an academic lecturing at a university in Australia — had been

Two British - Australian women and another foreign national, also believed to be Australian, have been detained in Iran . BBC Persian 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 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.

Increasing tensions

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)

The latest arrests come as tensions in the Gulf intensify.

Iranians imprison two more British women in same Tehran jail as Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe

Iranians imprison two more British women in same Tehran jail as Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe The women have been incarcerated in the same Tehran jail where Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, 41, a British-Iranian mother, has been held since 2016 over accusations of spying. One works as a university lecturer in Australia and previously studied at Cambridge University. The other is a blogger who was travelling in Asia with her Australian boyfriend.

Two British - Australian women have reportedly been arrested and detained in Iran amid growing tensions between London and Tehran . The mother of one is a British- Iranian national who has been imprisoned in the country since 2016. The latest incidents are thought to be the first time British

Two British - Australian women have been arrested and detained in Iran , according to a report. One of the women is a blogger who had been travelling The Times reported that the women are in Tehran 's Evin jail, where British- Iranian mother Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe has been held since 2016

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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Two British - Australian women have been arrested and detained in separate incidents in Iran . The women were being held at Tehran 's notorious Evin jail, where British- Iranian mother Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe has been incarcerated since 2016 on spying charges, The Times reports.

Two British - Australian women have been arrested and detained in Iran , according to a report. One of the women is a blogger who had been travelling The two women are thought to be the first British passport holders who do not also have Iranian nationality to have been jailed in Iran recently.

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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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