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UK NewsJolie King and Mark Firkin: Australian and British bloggers detained in Iran prison named

19:25  12 september  2019
19:25  12 september  2019 Source:   inews.co.uk

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.

Australian bloggers Jolie King and Mark Firkin are reportedly being held in Evin prison in Tehran after the couple arrested while travelling through Iran , reportedly for flying a drone. Firkin and King , who also holds a British passport, have been blogging a globe-trotting adventure since 2017 as they

Australians detained in Evin Prison in Iran named as Perth couple Jolie King and Mark Firkin . An Australian man and British - Australian woman detained in an Iranian prison have been named as a couple of travel bloggers from Perth.

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Two Australian citizens who have been detained in Iran have been identified as Jolie King and Mark Firkin.

Ms King, who also holds a UK passport, and Mr Firkin were reportedly arrested 10 weeks ago near Tehran.

News of the arrests, which happened several months after another British-Australian woman was detained - and subsequently sentenced to 10 years in prison - only surfaced on Wednesday. The woman, who is reportedly an academic from Melbourne, has not been named.

Blogging about travels

Ms King and Mr Firkin, from Perth, were said to have been blogging about their adventures in the Middle East when they were arrested.

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.

Firkin and King , who also holds a British passport, have been blogging a globe-trotting adventure since 2017 as they endeavoured to drive from The Guardian understands both Firkin and Jolie were travelling on Australian passports. Mark Firkin and Jolie King in a picture from their Instagram

Australian Mark Firkin and British - Australian Jolie King have been detained for about 10 weeks. Two Australian citizens detained in Iran have been identified as Jolie King and Mark Firkin . Ms King , who also holds a UK passport, and Mr Firkin were blogging their travels in Asia and the Middle

They are understood to have been detained after allegedly camping in a military area outside of Jajrood, in Tehran province.

Manoto TV, a Persian-language broadcaster in London, reported the couple were arrested for flying a drone near Tehran. The couple use a drone to make videos of their travels which they post on social media.

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Family pleads for jailed couple’s return from Iran

Family pleads for jailed couple’s return from Iran A British-Australian woman and her Australian boyfriend, detained in Tehran for 10 weeks, have been named as Jolie King and Mark Firkin.

Two Australians detained in a notorious Iranian prison have been identified as travel bloggers from Perth. Jolie King and Mark Firkin were reportedly arrested for flying a drone without a licence 10 weeks ago and are being Ms King is a dual British - Australian citizen and Mr Firkin is Australian .

Australian Mark Firkin and British - Australian Jolie King have been detained for about 10 weeks. The situation comes amid growing tensions between the West and Iran . Several dual nationals have been detained in Iran in recent years, including the British - Iranian woman Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe.

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The two British-Australian women are said to be 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.

Australia said it had repeatedly raised the cases with Iran, including in a meeting between officials last week, in order to assist its citizens.

Foreign Minister Marise Payne told the BBC she has lobbied on their behalf in a meeting with her Iranian counterpart.

On Thursday, Ms Payne described the detentions as "a matter of deep concern" and confirmed help had been given to the families of those involved.

"Since they were detained, the Australian government has been pressing at the Iranian government for their release," she said.

"The government has been making efforts to ensure they are treated fairly, humanely and in accordance with international norms," she added.

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.

Three Australian citizens have been detained in Iran , the Australian government said on The Guardian has identified the couple as Mark Firkin and Jolie King , who have been travelling since Firkin and King both hold British passports, The Guardian reports. The detentions have come amid

An Australian couple detained in a notorious prison in Iran have been identified as travel bloggers from Perth. Jolie King and Mark Firkin are detained in Evin jail in the Iranian capital of Tehran, the federal government has confirmed.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison declined to say whether he intends to raise the issue with his Iranian counterpart.

"Engaging in public commentary about process on consular cases is never in the interests of those who are caught up in these issues," Morrison told reporters.

Family statement

"[We] hope to see Mark and Jolie safely home as soon as possible," their families have said.

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.

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.

Additional reporting by agencies

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.

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