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

| 12.09,19. 10:47 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.


(Votes: 0)

Other News

Trampoline tossed through roof as winds leave trail of damage in southern Tasmania Roadside drug tests for cannabis return false results, research finds Queensland bushfire danger to return to very high in days ahead Finding ways to fight fire without water as crews face 'nightmare scenario' Dramatic video shows Queensland police evacuating Peregian during bushfires Young South Australian killed in high-speed crash on major Adelaide road Human remains found at property in Geelong Man dies in workplace accident Firefighters set for better NSW weather as bushfires continue to rage Moorebank factory fire contained overnight ABC chair Ita Buttrose says AFP raids on media organisations damaged Australia's reputation Man charged over the death of Ioli Hadjilyra a week after her body discovered in Kalinga Park Iran: Sahar Khodayari’s death; calling for the condemnation of clerical regime’s misogynous policies Queensland's Sunshine Coast bushfire emergency continues as residents flee fire at Peregian Prominent AFL figure killed in single-car crash near Ballarat NSW bushfires stoked by ferocious winds, emergency alert for blaze near Yamba Sydney weather damaging winds forecast as dashcam shows tree almost falling on car on M4 Queensland fires see 11 schools close as battle to contain blazes continues Man charged with filming up women's skirts at Central Station Australians being stopped from watching live-streamed murders and terror attacks Bushfire that damaged 70 cars at Brisbane auction yard thought to be deliberately lit Summer in the offing as 30 degrees forecast for Perth — that's 10 degrees above average Foreign interference threat bigger than terrorism, warns spymaster Gold Coast hinterland bushfire out of control, fires expected to increase this afternoon across Queensland Man charged over Melbourne stabbing death Man and woman killed in Sydney motorcycle crash Heritage-listed Binna Burra Lodge in Gold Coast hinterland destroyed in Queensland bushfires Queensland bushfires continue across south-east, Applethorpe and Gold Coast Hinterland residents on high alert NSW bushfires continue to burn, with calmer conditions forecast Five feared dead after chopper goes down in bad weather off NSW coast