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UK NewsBritish-Australian woman held in Iran with her boyfriend is named

11:30  12 september  2019
11:30  12 september  2019 Source:   news.sky.com

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Two British - Australian women and an Australian man have been detained in Iran , it has been reported. The Times said one of the women was arrested The paper reported that the two women are believed to be the first British passport holders without dual Iranian nationality to be held in the

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 Western nations over the imperiled 2015 accord limiting its nuclear program.

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.

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

In a statement, their relatives said: "Our families hope to see Mark and Jolie safely home as soon as possible."

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.

Two British - Australian nationals and one Australian national have been detained in Iran as tensions mount with the West. According to The Times, one of the British - Australian citizens is a blogger who was documenting her travels on social media with her boyfriend , when they were both detained

Two British - Australian women and an Australian man have been detained in Iran , according to a UK newspaper. The Times said one of the women was The blogger and her boyfriend are being held in the same prison in Tehran where a British- Iranian aid worker, Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, has been

British-Australian woman held in Iran with her boyfriend is named © Other Ms King was arrested 10 weeks ago along with her Australian boyfriend

They also requested privacy and said they would not be making any further comment.

The Times cited a source on Wednesday as saying Ms King had been told by Iranian authorities that she was being held as part of a plan to facilitate a prisoner swap with Australia.

Ms King, a building designer, is being held in Tehran's Evin jail.

It is the same prison where British-Iranian mother Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe has been since 2016 on spying charges.

Her husband Richard Ratcliffe said he had met Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab a couple of weeks ago and warned him there had been an escalation in foreign nationals being detained in Iran to be used as diplomatic bargaining chips.

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.

The two British - Australian women were reportedly jailed in the notorious Evin Jail, in the capital One of the women , a blogger who was travelling through Asia with her Australian boyfriend , was Ms Amiri, an Iranian woman who worked at the British council, is also being held in Evin prison.

Two British - Australian women are being held in Iran at the notorious prison where mum Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe is jailed, say reports. One of the woman , is a blogger who is travelling through Asia with her Australian boyfriend , was arrested 10 weeks ago, says The Times.

British-Australian woman held in Iran with her boyfriend is named © Sky News Screen Grab Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe has been in Evin jail since 2016

"More people are being taken and the government needs to do a better job at protecting ordinary people from being held and used as chess pieces in this way," he told Sky News.

British-Australian woman held in Iran with her boyfriend is named © Getty Richard Ratcliffe, husband of Nazanin, passed on his sympathy to the Australians

In a message to the families of Ms King and Mr Firkin, he said: "My heart goes out to you - it's a terrible situation to be involved in."

Another woman, reportedly a lecturer at an Australian university, has been held in the jail for almost a year but her citizenship and situation are unclear.

The arrests come amid a souring in relations between Britain and Iran, after issues such as the seizure by the Royal Marines in July of an Iranian oil tanker near Gibraltar.

Two weeks later, the British-flagged oil tanker Stena Impero was seized by Iran for alleged marine violations in the Strait of Hormuz. Seven of the Swedish-owned vessel's 23-strong crew members have since been released.

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

Iran latest: Two British-Australian women arrested and detained in Tehran The arrests follow the high-profile detention of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe

Two British - Australian women and an Australian man have been arrested in Iran , and are believed to be held in Tehran’s Evin prison (pictured). One woman is reported to be a blogger travelling with her male partner and the other an academic. Photograph: Ulrich Baumgarten/Getty Images.

An Australian man and two women , both British - Australian nationals, have reportedly been The UK Times revealed the women — a blogger travelling through Asia with her Australian boyfriend British- Iranian mother of one, 41-year-old Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, has been held in Evin jail on

A spokesperson for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office said on Wednesday: "The foreign secretary met the Iranian ambassador and raised serious concerns about the number of dual national citizens detained by Iran and their conditions of detention."

British-Australian woman held in Iran with her boyfriend is named © Other According to a Persian TV report, Ms King and Mr Firkin were arrested for using a drone without a licence

The FCO has been warning dual Iranian citizens not to travel to Iran, but news of the arrests is likely to raise questions about the level of danger to travellers of other nationalities too.

Its travel advice for Iran currently says: "There is a risk that British nationals, and a higher risk that British-Iranian dual nationals, could be arbitrarily detained in Iran.

"All British nationals should consider carefully the risks of travelling to Iran."

A spokesperson for Australia's Department of Foreign Affairs said: "The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade is providing consular assistance to the families of three Australians detained in Iran.

"Due to our privacy obligations, we will not comment further."

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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