Australia confirms it’s providing assistance to families of 3 citizens detained in Iran

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The Australian government has confirmed that three of its citizens have been detained in Iran following media reports that a couple were apprehended in a military area, and a female academic was jailed in a separate incident.

In a statement released on Wednesday morning, Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) said that it has been “providing consular assistance to the families of three Australians detained in Iran.”

Citing its “privacy obligation,” the department said that it would not be releasing any additional information following the initial statement.

DFAT has issued a statement on the three Australian citizens detained in Iran, as revealed this morning.

One woman has been behind bars for close to a year @politicsabc #auspol pic.twitter.com/fKLPEI8CO6

— Matthew Doran (@MattDoran91) September 11, 2019

While it provides little insight into the cases, the announcement seems to confirm reports in the British media that two dual British-Australian nationals and an Australian citizen were detained in Iran.

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