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.
— 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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