Three Australians Jailed In Iran

Remigio Civitarese
Settembre 13, 2019

The woman, reportedly a Cambridge University graduate, was sentenced to 10 years behind bars by an Iranian court and will spend the term in solitary confinement.

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 Foreign Office said it was clear the ship's cargo had been transferred to the Assad regime in an "unacceptable violation" of worldwide trade sanctions.

Australia on Wednesday revealed that three of its citizens had been detained in Iran, the latest in a series of Westerners to be seized by authorities in Tehran.

The couple were reportedly rounded up and taken to an Iranian jail over two months ago, while the academic, who is said to teach at an Australian university, had been arrested several months ago, according to a source cited by the Guardian.

It is believed the dual-nationals have been incarcerated in Evin jail in Tehran, the same facility which houses Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe.

The Australian Government's Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) confirmed on Wednesday it was lending consular assistance to the families of the three people who were more recently arrested, but whose names have not been made public. "Due to our privacy obligations, we will not comment further", the department said in a statement provided to the PA news agency.

About two dozen holders of overseas passports have been arrested since the nuclear accord was signed, official Iranian news reports show, with around 11 of those taken into custody in the past 18 months, a period that largely overlaps with the US restoration of sweeping economic sanctions on Iran.

The department also urged Australians to follow its travel advice, which includes a warning that foreigners risk arbitrary detention in Iran.

Iran's judiciary said last month it had sentenced a British-Iranian dual national to 10 years for allegedly spying for Israel.

It was unclear when or why the lecturer was arrested, the Times said.

Meanwhile, a rising number of dual nationals have been detained in Iran in what many see as a ruthless diplomatic strategy.

British police detained an Iranian oil tanker - the Adrian Dayra 1 - in Gibraltar in July, before Iran retaliated by capturing the British flagged Stena Impero on the Strait of Hormuz.

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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