Australian and British bloggers held in Iran named

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Jolie King and Mark FirkinImage copyright Jolie King
Image caption The Australian couple are reportedly being held in Evin jail in the nation’s capital

Two Australian residents detained in Iran have been recognized as Jolie King and Mark Firkin.

Ms King, who additionally holds a UK passport, and Mr Firkin had been running a blog their travels in Asia and the Middle East.

They had been reportedly arrested 10 weeks in the past close to Tehran however information of the arrest, and that of one other British-Australian girl, got here to mild on Wednesday.

“[We] hope to see Mark and Jolie safely home as soon as possible,” their households mentioned on Thursday.

The Australian authorities has mentioned it’s helping the households of three Australian detainees.

The scenario comes amid rising tensions between the West and Iran.

Several twin nationals have been detained in Iran in current years, together with the British-Iranian girl Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe.

Relations between the UK and Iran have additionally been strained in current months by a row over the seizure of oil tankers in the Gulf.

UK’s ‘critical considerations’

Ms King – who has twin UK and Australian nationality – and Mr Firkin, an Australian citizen, had been travelling on Australian passports.

They left Western Australia in 2017, embarking on a significant cross-continental street journey to the UK and running a blog about their journey.

Few particulars of the circumstances of their arrest have been made public, however the Australian Broadcasting Corporation mentioned that they had reportedly been flying a drone with no allow.

They are believed to be being held in Tehran’s Evin jail, the place Mrs Zaghari-Ratcliffe can be detained.

A supply informed the BBC that Ms King has been informed she is being held as a part of a plan for a possible prisoner swap with Australia.

The second detained British-Australian girl is reported to be a University of Cambridge-educated scholar who was lecturing at an Australian college.

She has reportedly already been tried on unknown prices and jailed for 10 years. The case usually are not believed to be associated.

While the fees towards her stay unclear, 10-year phrases are routinely given in Iran for spying prices, the Times mentioned.

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Media captionWhy one mom’s private plight is a part of a sophisticated historical past between Iran and the UK

The two British-Australian ladies are believed to be the primary British passport holders with out twin Iranian nationality to be held in the nation in current years.

On Wednesday, UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab met the Iranian ambassador to debate Iran’s behaviour over a seized tanker’s oil.

He “raised serious concerns about the number of dual national citizens detained by Iran and their conditions of detention”, mentioned the UK Foreign Office.