Two British-Australians And An Australian Jailed In Iran

Mark Firkin and Jolie King are being held in a notorious Iranian prison

Mark Firkin and Jolie King are being held in a notorious Iranian prison

The Australian government's official travel advice for Iran overall is for people to reconsider the need to travel to Iran "due to the risk that foreigners, including Australians, could be arbitrarily detained or arrested".

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 10 weeks ago.

"In Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe's case, we know without doubt that her trial was unfair, the case against her unfounded and that she'd been held for months in solitary confinement".

Three British-Australian people have been arrested in Iran in two separate incidents, diplomats have confirmed.

British-Iranian national Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe is also imprisoned there after being convicted in 2016 of conspiring to topple the Iranian leadership. In 2017, a Swedish-Iranian scientist who was arrested after attending a conference in Iran a year earlier, was sentenced to death for espionage. The three detainees are being held in the Nevin prison complex.

Iranian authorities told the blogger she was being held as part of a plan to facilitate a prisoner swap with Australia, the newspaper said, citing an anonymous source with knowledge of the cases. One of the women is reported to have been in detention for up to a year.

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"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", the British foreign ministry said in a statement. Since the decision by US President Donald Trump in 2018 to abandon the Iran nuclear deal, Washington has attempted to use what it calls "maximum pressure" to change Iran's behavior and limit its nuclear ambitions.

However, the ABC on Wednesday claimed this woman had already been held in Iran for "almost a year".

"If you're a dual Australian/Iranian national, it is highly unlikely the Australian Government would be allowed to assist if you're arrested or detained".

It's unclear what Australia would offer in return, though the 2016 prisoner swap saw Iranians held in the US similarly released.

Earlier this year, tensions between the United States and Iran soared to levels that prompted fears of a war.

Britain and Australia last month signed onto a USA -led maritime security mission to protect global shipping in the Strait of Hormuz, where Iran's recent seizures of vessels has raised tensions with the West.

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