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Iran confirms the arrest of three Australians, accused of espionage and capturing images of military areas

September 17, 2019

DUBAI, Sep. 17 (Reuters / EP) –

Iranian Justice has confirmed that three Australian citizens are being held in the Islamic Republic for capturing images of military installations and for an alleged crime of espionage, without going into details about the identity of these people or since when they remain behind bars.

“Two of them captured images in military areas and the third (is being held) for spying for a third country,” explained a judicial spokesman, Gholamhossein Esmaili, according to Fars. Esmaili has said it will be up to the courts to decide whether the person accused of espionage “is guilty or not.”

The Australian authorities have identified the three detainees, who also have British nationality, such as the couple formed by Jolie King and Mark Firkin, who narrate on social networks the places they are traveling, and the academic Kylie Moore-Gilbert.