First picture of Brit travel blogger thrown in notorious jail in Iran with boyfriend – World News

First picture of Brit travel blogger thrown in notorious jail in Iran with boyfriend – World News

A British-Australian travel blogger who has been locked up in a notorious jail in iran with her boyfriend has been pictured for the first time.

Jolie King and Australian Mark Firkin, who both also hold a British passport, were arrested near the capital Tehran 10 weeks ago.

The pair have been travelling from Australia to London and visited Iran with the intention of ‘ending the stigma’ around the country.

They have been locked up in the notorious Evin prison, the same jail that British-Iranian mum Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe is held in.

The couple were on a mammoth road trip from Australia to London when they were arrested

They hoped to ‘break the stigma’ around travelling to countries with a ‘bad rep’

 

Firkin and King, who lived in Perth, Western Australia, have been blogging about their mammoth road trip around the world since leaving Australia in 2017, The Guardian reports.

According to The Times , the couple wrote online: “Our biggest motivation behind the vlogs is to hopefully inspire anyone wanting to travel, and also try to break the stigma around travelling to countries which get a bad rap in the media.”

Australian diplomats attempted to keep their arrests under wraps, however their plight became public knowledge after they were named on social media this week.

A third Australian is also being held in Evin prison, apparently in solitary confinement, after being reportedly sentenced to 10 years in jail.

The couple both held British passports

Their case has been kept under wraps for 10 weeks

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She is an alumna of the University of Cambridge and worked as a lecturer in Australia, before her arrest last year.

A statement released by Firkin and Jolie’s families said: “Our families hope to see Mark and Jolie safely home as soon as possible.”

King, a building designer, and Firking, a construction manager, were named publicly yesterday.

Pouria Zeraati, editor of the London-based Manoto TV, a Persian-language channel, tweeted that he had heard the couple were arrested for flying a drone. in Tehran.

Mr Zeraati said: “The family says this was a misunderstanding and Jolie King and her fiance Mark Firkin were unaware of the Iranian law which bans drone flights without a licence.

“Their trial has not been held yet and it is not clear what the Islamic Republic (of Iran) wants out of this arrest, as no one from the judiciary or intelligence services, has made any comment on this.”











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