Iran confirms detention of three Australian citizens, accuses one of spying

Original article by Adam Harvey au – Page: Online : 18-Sep-19

Iran has confirmed it is holding three Australians in detention. The semi-official Fars news agency has quoted judiciary spokesman Gholamhossein Esmaili as saying that one of the three is facing charges of spying for a nation other than her native country, while the other two were arrested for taking pictures in military areas. Those two are most likely travel bloggers Mark Firkin and Jolie King, while the third person is likely Kylie Moore-Gilbert, who is a lecturer in Islamic studies at Melbourne University. It is understood Moore-Gilbert was arrested while attending a course in the Iranian city of Qorn in the second half of 2018. There had been reports she had been convicted and given a 10-year jail sentence, but it is understood that Iranian courts are yet to rule on her possible guilt.


Minister’s direct plea to Iran

Original article by Ben Packham, Paige Taylor
The Australian – Page: 1 & 6 : 13-Sep-19

Foreign Minister Marise Payne told parliament on 12 September that the federal government is making continued efforts to get three Australians released from jail in Iran. The three are Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, Jolie King and Mark Firkin, with King and Firkin arrested for flying a drone over a military installation. As part of the government’s efforts to get the three released, Payne flew to Bangladesh in the week ending 6 September to meet with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on the sidelines of the Indian Ocean Conference.