Two British-Australian women and Australian man held in Iran

Evarado Alatorre
Setiembre 13, 2019

The third person, a lecturer who studied at Cambridge University, has been handed a 10-year sentence for unknown charges and is being held in solitary confinement, The Times reports.

Whereas there don't appear to be any proper figures on the sequence of detainees with British hyperlinks being held in Iran, these are no longer decrease than about a of those who're understood to be incarcerated as segment of Iran's "hostage diplomacy".

Australia's ABC broadcaster reported that one British-Australian women has been in jail for almost a year while a couple, a British-Australian citizen and her Australian boyfriend, were detained about 10 weeks ago.

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) said three citizens - two of whom also hold United Kingdom passports - have been detained.

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

The arrests consist of two female British-Australian nationals and the Australian boyfriend of one.

Iran has reportedly detained two more twin British nationals amid rising tensions between London and Tehran.

"Due to our privacy obligations, we will not comment further", a spokesman for the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade told AAP on Wednesday.

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Even though the rates from her also continue being unclear, 10-year phrases are routinely provided in Iran for spying prices, the paper reported.

The three are held in Tehran's Evin prison, where British Iranian Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, 41, has been detained since 2016 on spying charges, the newspaper reported.

It warns "there is a risk that foreigners, including Australians, could be arbitrarily detained, or arrested".

"All Australian citizens and holders of dual nationality with Australia who are travelling to or through Iran are urged to follow the travel advice on the DFAT Smartraveller website".

The latest arrests come as tensions in the Gulf intensify. "Dual nationals are also at risk".

Most of those with foreign passports arrested in Iran are Iranians with dual European or US nationality.

"It is now clear that Iran has breached these assurances and that the oil has been transferred to Syria and (President Bashar al-Assad's) murderous regime", the British Foreign Office said Tuesday.

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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