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UK NewsFamily pleads for jailed couple’s return from Iran

11:30  12 september  2019
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Defence sec calls on Iran to release two British-Australian women

Defence sec calls on Iran to release two British-Australian women The defence secretary has demanded Iran releases two British-Australian women have been arrested and detained. © Other The women are reportedly being held in Evin jail in the north of Tehran Ben Wallace also insisted that officials there should "follow the rule of law", the Reuters news agency reported. One of the women is a blogger who had been travelling through Asia with her Australian boyfriend, and the second woman is a lecturer who had been working at an Australian university.

The couple was arrested for flying a drone near the capital Tehran without a licence, Pouria Zeraati, editor in chief at Iranian television station Manoto TV, said on Twitter. Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, a British- Iranian woman who has been jailed in Iran ( Family handout/PA).

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The families of a British-Australian woman and her Australian partner have pleaded for their immediate release from a notorious Iranian prison.

Jolie King and Mark Firkin, who live in Perth, Western Australia, have been held for the past 10 weeks in Tehran’s Evin prison, with Ms King recently completing a lengthy period in a tiny one-person cell.

Ms King had been “scared”, “disoriented” and “intimidated” while kept in solitary confinement, the partner of another captive in the same prison – Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe – said.

The couple was arrested for flying a drone near the capital Tehran without a licence, Pouria Zeraati, editor in chief at Iranian television station Manoto TV, said on Twitter.

British-Australian woman held in Iran with her boyfriend is named

British-Australian woman held in Iran with her boyfriend is named The family of a British-Australian woman being detained in an Iranian jail have said they hope she will be able to return home soon. © Other Jolie King (British-Australian) and her Australian boyfriend Mark Firkin have been detained in Iran Jolie King was arrested 10 weeks ago along with her Australian boyfriend Mark Firkin. They had allegedly been flying a drone without a licence. The couple resigned from their jobs in mid-2017, according to Australian media reports, and embarked on a two-year drive through 36 countries to reach the UK. They had been documenting their journey on social media.

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The couple ' s daughter Gabriella is seen wearing a pinafore made by Mrs Zaghari-Ratcliffe from the wool Iranian policy is not making it safe for Iranian citizens.' 'We hope the Foreign Secretary visits Iran as soon as We hope this time a way can be found for him not to return again empty-handed.'

Mr Zeraati, citing unidentified sources, said the couple had not yet stood trial.

“The family says this was a misunderstanding and Jolie King & her fiance Mark Firkin were unaware of the Iranian law which bans drone flights without a licence,” Mr Zeraati tweeted.

Earlier reports said the couple were arrested while camping near a military area around Jajrood in Tehran province.

Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) on Thursday released a statement from the couple’s families which said: “Our families hope to see Mark and Jolie safely home as soon as possible. We have no further comment to make at this stage and ask that the media respects our privacy at this difficult time.”

It has also been reported this week that a second British-Australian woman, whose name has not been made public, has also been incarcerated in the Evin prison for almost a year, having been given a 10-year sentence.

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Couple left Perth in 2017 and had been documenting their travels as they drove to London before being detained near Tehran.

The Cambridge-educated academic, who lectures at a Melbourne university, is reportedly also being held in solitary confinement. While the charges against her have not been made public, Iran routinely hands out 10-year-sentences for spying convictions.

Evin prison, the main detention centre for Iran’s political prisoners, also houses 41-year-old Mrs Zaghari-Ratcliffe, a British-Iranian mother of one who is midway through a five year sentence on spying charges which began in 2016.

Mrs Zaghari-Ratcliffe’s husband, Richard Ratcliffe, said on Thursday Ms King was now in the same part of the jail as his wife, having come through a torrid time in solitary confinement.

“I know that the girl who is in now with Nazanin came through scared and disoriented and obviously had been quite intimidated by being interrogated for all that time in solitary,” Mr Ratcliffe told Australian Broadcasting Corporation radio.

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Iran is believed to be holding two British-Australian women captive in the hope of exchanging one of them for an Iranian imprisoned in the US on charges of evading American sanctions. Tensions between Britain and Iran escalated dramatically after it emerged the women were being held in the first recent

A group of five Americans jailed in Iran — including Washington Post reporter Jason Rezian — were freed in January as part of a prisoner swap with He described their detention by Iran as “hostage taking,” and Tehran has in the past used the practice to extract concessions and exert leverage over

Mr Ratcliffe said his wife had spent more than eight months in solitary confinement and had described Evin prison’s solitary cells as being “about the size of a double bed” and with no windows or natural light, meaning “it was a lightbulb on the whole time”.

It is not known whether Mr King is also in solitary confinement.

News of the three prisoners this week comes 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 says Australia’s DFAT is handling all three cases.

Ms King, travelling on her Australian passport, and Mr Firkin, had been posting about their travels during their lengthy trip, which began in 2017, on their The Way Overland accounts on YouTube and Instagram.

After driving from Perth to Darwin and island-hopping to Asia, they had driven west through countries including India, Pakistan and China before arriving in Iran. They had ultimately planned to finish in the UK.

“Our biggest motivation behind the vlogs is to hopefully inspire anyone wanting to travel, and also try to break the stigma around travelling to countries which get a bad rap in the media,” the couple wrote in one early post.

British-Australian woman held in Iran named

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.

A British- Iranian woman is being held in solitary confinement in Iran , away from her two-year-old daughter, after they attempted to return to the UK from a family visit. Zaghari-Ratcliffe has since been separated from Gabriella, who is solely British and does not have Iranian nationality.

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DFAT has been negotiating with Iranian authorities for the release of all three Australian passport-holding detainees for several weeks.

While Iran has not commented publicly on any of the arrests, in April its foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif proposed swapping Mrs Zaghari-Ratcliffe for Negar Ghodskani, an Iranian woman in jail in the US.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab are reportedly preparing to confront Iranian counterparts on their detention of Britons in Iran at a UN meeting in New York later this month.

The Times reported Mr Raab had written in a letter to MPs with constituents detained in Iran, saying: “We will not accept Iran using our citizens a diplomatic leverage.”

Defence Secretary Ben Wallace, speaking on Wednesday, called on Iran to “follow the international rule of law” and to “release people that are being detained in the way they have been over the last few years”.

Mr Ratcliffe also called on Britain and Australia to increase pressure on Iran to ensure that in its prisons that “no-one’s being tortured, that people are getting health rights, that no-one’s ill, and that no-one’s being kept in solitary confinement”.

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