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Australians detained in Iran identified: Travel bloggers Jolie King and Mark Firkin

Australians detained in Iran identified: Travel bloggers Jolie King and Mark Firkin

Two Australians detained in Iran’s notorious Evin prison, in the capital of Tehran, have been named as travel bloggers Jolie King and Mark Firkin.

The couple was arrested 10 weeks ago for allegedly flying a drone without a licence.

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The Department of Foreign Affairs has released a statement from the pair’s families.

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“Our families hope to see Mark and Jolie safely home as soon as possible.

We have no further comment to make at this stage.”

The couple left Cottesloe, Western Australia, in July 2017 to embark on an adventure around the globe, endeavouring to drive from Perth to London.

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They started their blog to “inspire anyone wanting to travel, and also try to break the stigma around travelling to countries which get a bad rap in the media”.

Firkin and King, who also holds a British passport, have travelled through Australia, Asia, Europe and the Middle East.

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The pair often posts photos and videos taken by drone to their more than 25,000 YouTube subscribers and 18,000 Instagram followers.

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The couple’s most recent YouTube video, posted more than 11 weeks ago, is called “GET TO PAKISTAN NOW!! – AUSSIES DRIVING PAKISTAN”.

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The video features drone shots of them traversing Pakistan’s Karakoram Highway in their Toyota Land Cruiser, ‘Troopy’.

Third detainee

In a separate detention, a female academic who had been lecturing at an Australian university, has been given a 10-year sentence.

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Image: Jolie King/Instagram

The Australian government is encouraging citizens to reconsider travelling to Iran amid tensions between the country and the United States and its allies, including Australia and the UK.

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