Three Australians detained in notorious Iranian jail

What appears to be the Iranian oil tanker Adrian Darya 1 off the coast of Tartus Syria

What appears to be the Iranian oil tanker Adrian Darya 1 off the coast of Tartus Syria

The charges against the Australian man and two Australian-British women remain unclear.

One of the women, a blogger who was travelling through Asia, and her boyfriend were arrested about 10 weeks ago, The Times of London reported.

The Australian Office of International Affairs and Trade did not promptly to answer to requests for comment.

Reports say Australian officials are assisting the families of a British-Australian blogger and her Australian boyfriend who were arrested 10 weeks ago for allegedly camping in a military area outside of Jajrood, in Tehran province. It's the same prison where a British-Iranian aid worker, Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, has been jailed since 2016 on spying charges, The Times said.

"(DFAT) is providing consular assistance to the families of three Australians detained in Iran. "Due to our privacy obligations, we will not comment further", a department spokesman said in emailed comments.

The newspaper also reported that the academic is in solitary confinement after she was sentenced to ten years in prison for an unknown offence.

Richard Ratcliffe, Mrs Zaghari-Ratcliffe's husband, told the paper: 'I complained to the foreign secretary last week that we'd been seeing an escalation from Iran in recent months, even since our hunger strike, publicly taking Nazanin to hospital in chains and restricting her visits and calls, new big sentences announced for other innocent people, and more British citizens being taken, even non-Iranian'.

"Iran doesn't recognise dual nationality", DFAT warns on its website.

Tehran has pursued a advertising and marketing and marketing campaign of detaining Iranian and twin nationals lecturers in most modern years, raising fears the Islamic republic is the narrate of them as diplomatic leverage. European efforts led by France to save the accord are foundering, while the tit-for-tat seizing by United Kingdom and Iranian forces of oil tankers sparked a diplomatic storm between the two.

"Iran once again ups the stakes" with the latest arrests, said Tulip Siddiq, Zaghari-Ratcliffe's member of parliament.

Tensions have been high between Iran and Britain since July after British forces seized an Iranian oil tanker, reportedly claiming that it was on its way to Syria.

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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