Aussie Travel Blogger Couple Detained In Notorious Iran Prison

The couple who packed up their lives in Cottesloe two years ago had been travelling from Perth to London

The couple who packed up their lives in Cottesloe two years ago had been travelling from Perth to London

They were reportedly arrested soon after, about 10 weeks ago, and are being detained in the notorious Evin prison in Tehran.

The Times of London reported the third person was a British-Australian academic who studied at Cambridge University and was working as a lecturer in Australia when she was arrested in Iran almost a year ago.

The three Australians detained in Iran are reportedly being held in a notorious prison in the capital of Tehran and consular assistance is being provided to their families.

Jolie King and Mark Firkin, who live in Perth, Western Australia, have been held for the past 10 weeks in Tehran's Evin prison, with Ms King recently completing a lengthy period in a tiny one-person cell.

The Australian government is now negotiating the couple's release, The Guardian reported.

Ms King is a dual British-Australian citizen and Mr Firkin is Australian. Local media reports she was charged and convicted of unknown offences, and sentenced to 10 years jail.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison.

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

Asked about detained Australians, Mr Morrison said the government would "continue to pursue these matters in the interests of the Australians at the centre of these cases".

They are reportedly being held in the Evin prison - which has been described as "one of the world's most brutal and infamous prisons" and "hell on Earth", housing killers and risky criminals, as well as political prisoners.

Jolie King and Mark Firkin packed up their Cottesloe home to escape the "nine to five corporate grind" in 2017 to embark on a road trip to London via Asia in a converted Toyota Landcruiser.

The route the couple planned to take, from Perth to the UK. The sudden social media silence prompted initial concern from fans and friends.

"Anyone else anxious about what happened", one person asked five weeks ago.

King and Firkin were reportedly camping in a military area around Jajrood, according to The Guardian.

"GUYS WHERE ARE YOU ITS BEEN A MONTH - R U OKAY???" a different follower wrote on their joint account.

"They're never issues that are addressed well by offering public commentary on them", he told reporters in Canberra on Thursday.

"They need all the luck they can get".

"Poor buggers. Wishing them all the best, I feel sick", added another.

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