Australian couple detained for flying drone near Tehran

Response To Reports Of Foreign Nationals Detained In Iran

Response To Reports Of Foreign Nationals Detained In Iran

Ms King was camping with Mark Firkin near a military site in Jajrood near Tehran when the pair were arrested by the Revolutionary Guard on August 9.

Two Australian social media influencers have been detained in Iran for taking illegal photos with a drone, according to a source with knowledge of the situation.

The Times also reported that Ms King and the other woman were being held in Tehran's Evin prison and that one of them had been told she was being held as part of a plan to facilitate a prisoner swap.

Jolie King and Mark Firkin in India.

Online followers raised concerns after the bloggers did not post for several weeks.

This according to the Times, which reports a blogger who was journeying through Asia with her Australian boyfriend, and an academic who studied at the University of Cambridge and was lecturing at a university in Australia, were seized in separate incidents.

They have routinely documented their travels through Asia and the Middle East, however their last upload occurred 11 weeks ago, showing the duo driving through Pakistan.

Failure to obtain a permit before using one is punishable by six months in jail, followed by immediate deportation.

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Following news of their imprisonment becoming public on Thursday, followers quickly left messages of support in the comments on their page.

Asked about detained Australians, Mr Morrison said the government would "continue to pursue these matters in the interests of the Australians at the centre of these cases".

"I note that in at least one of these cases it's the view being expressed by family members".

DFAT officials are providing assistance to the couple and their families, but have not issued any further comment on the matter at this time.

The three Australians are incarcerated in the Evin jail in Tehran, where Iran holds its political prisoners and has a reputation for being the scene of various human rights abuses, including summary executions.

The department's travel advice is now set to "reconsider your need to travel" and the highest warning level of "do not travel" applies in some parts of the country.

It is understood the Australian government has been quietly negotiating with Iran for the release of the detainees.

The advice states Australians may be at greater risk if they have a profile that can be seen adversely by Iran, or undertake activities which could attract the attention of its authorities.

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