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Blogger Jolie King and her boyfriend Mark Firkin, who had been traveling around the world since 2017 , have been identified Thursday by the Australian Government as two of the three Australians detained in Iran.
King, who also has British citizenship, and Firkin are prisoners in Tehran after being arrested ten weeks ago for allegedly flying a drone, says Australian public broadcaster ABC.
The couple published images and related their travel adventures on the Internet before being captured by the Iranian authorities.
"Our families expect Mark and Jolie to return home safely as soon as possible. We have no other comments to make at the moment and we ask the media to respect our privacy during these difficult times," said a statement from the families sent to Efe. by the Australian Foreign Ministry.
Pouria Zeraati, the editor-in-chief of Manoto News - a London-based news portal from Iran - said the Australian trial "has not been held yet and it is not clear what the Islamic Republic wants with this arrest since no one from the Intelligence Services or the Judiciary has commented on it. "
In addition to the couple, another British-Australian citizen has been detained in Iran for almost a year and is allegedly serving a ten-year sentence for espionage.
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said today in a press conference that the country's officials are making official efforts to closely follow the cases.
These three people would meet at Evin prison in Tehran, where Iranian humanitarian worker Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe has also been detained since 2016 for espionage , according to the British newspaper The Times.
The arrests are known after Australia announced in late August that it will join the US-led coalition to ensure "freedom of international trade and navigation" in the Strait of Hormuz, following a series of conflicts with the Iranian navy. .
The coalition proposed by Washington seeks to escort ships in the area, but Iran has warned that the measure can increase the chances of a conflict.
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