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US NewsDefence sec calls on Iran to release two British-Australian women

19:55  11 september  2019
19:55  11 september  2019 Source:   news.sky.com

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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. While two of those arrested hold dual citizenships, the Australian government is leading negotiations with Tehran over the conditions and potential release of all three

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.

The defence secretary has demanded Iran releases two British-Australian women have been arrested and detained.

Defence sec calls on Iran to release two British-Australian women © 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.

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

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Two British - Australian nationals and one Australian national have been detained in Iran as tensions mount with the West. However, all three prisoners are believed to be incarcerated at Evin jail in Tehran, the same facility where 41-year-old British- Iranian woman Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe has

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 The Australian Department of Foreign Affairs has confirmed it is providing assistance to three people detained in Iran .

Australia's Department of Foreign Affairs confirmed it was providing assistance to three people detained in Iran.

Defence sec calls on Iran to release two British-Australian women © Sky News Screen Grab Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe was jailed in Iran three years ago The blogger and her boyfriend were reportedly arrested about 10 weeks ago. They had been in the country as part of a long trip they were documenting on social media.

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

The university lecturer has been in jail for almost a year and is in solitary confinement.

According to the report, she has been sentenced to 10 years in jail, although her alleged crime is not known.

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Two British - Australian women and another foreign national, also believed to be Australian, have BBC Persian has also reported a woman and her Australian partner were detained by the Iranian This is a wake-up call for the prime minister and the government to act urgently to bring our innocent

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

The two cases are understood to be unrelated.

The Times reported that the women are in Tehran's Evin jail, where British-Iranian mother Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe has been held 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.

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"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.

"The Foreign Office is very cautious of sharing its strategy. Obviously, we feel that the government should be making it much more costly for Iran to be doing this."

And to the families of the latest detainees, he said: "My heart goes out to you. It is a terrible situation to be involved in."

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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 through Asia with her Australian boyfriend and the second woman is a university lecturer who had been working at an Australian university. Australia'.

Two British - Australian women have reportedly been arrested and detained in Iran amid growing tensions between London and Tehran. A blogger who was travelling with her Australian boyfriend and an academic who studied at Cambridge University were seized in separate incidents

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.

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.

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."

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