Two Australians detained in Iran have been named as Mark Firkin and Jolie King, with media reporting that the travel bloggers were arrested in July during their Asian trip. (Instagram)

September 17, 2019

Iran’s judiciary on Tuesday confirmed the detention of three Australian citizens that was announced last week by the Australian government, according to Iran’s semi-official Fars news agency.

“Two of them had taken pictures in military areas and the third (was detained) for spying for a third country,” Fars quoted judiciary spokesman Gholamhossein Esmaili as saying earlier.

Tasnim news agency reported, citing Esmaili, that all three detainees were charged with spying.

Australia’s foreign ministry had said it was providing consular assistance to the families of three Australians detained in Iran after Britain’s Times newspaper reported that two British-Australian women and the Australian boyfriend of one of them had been detained in Iran.

Reuters

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