Families of Australian travel bloggers held in Iranian jail say they hope for their safe return

| 12.09,19. 11:47 AM |


Families of Australian travel bloggers held in Iranian jail say they hope for their safe return



Australian travel bloggers Jolie and Mark stand next to a volcano.
Photo: The pair have been political prisoners for about 10 weeks. (Instagram: The Way Overland)


The Australian travel bloggers detained in Iran have been named as Perth couple Mark Firkin and Jolie King.


The pair have been held as political prisoners for about 10 weeks after being arrested for reportedly flying a drone.


They have been travelling around the world since 2017 and documenting their adventures online.


The Australian Department of Foreign Affairs has released a statement from the pair's families.


"Our families hope to see Mark and Jolie safely home as soon as possible. We have no further comment to make at this stage."


Ms King is a dual Australian-British citizen and the UK Government overnight demanded the couple's release.


The British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab called in the Iranian ambassador overnight.


The UK Foreign Office said he "raised serious concerns about the number of dual national citizens detained by Iran and their conditions of detention".


Another Australian-British dual citizen, a Melbourne-based academic, is also being held by Iran and has reportedly been sentenced to 10 years in jail.


All three Australians are held at the notorious Evin jail, north of Tehran, which is used to house political prisoners.


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