TEHRAN, Iran: Three Australian citizens have been arrested in Iran, Australian government sources revealed on Wednesday.
Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade has been providing the trio with consular assistance.
“Due to our privacy obligations, we will not comment further,” the department said in a statement.
An Australian-British backpacker and her Australian boyfriend, who were traveling through Asia, were detained 10 weeks ago while accidently wandering off to a military base.
The third, an academician in Australia and at Cambridge University, United Kingdom was recently sentenced to 10 years in solitary confinement.
Her crimes that led to conviction have not been made public by the Iranian authorities.
The trio is being held in Tehran’s Evin prison, according to media reports.
The news of the detention comes after Australia announced in August that it would join a US-led mission to protect shipping through the Strait of Hormuz.
Australian government advises potential visitors to the Republic to “reconsider” the need for travel, “due to the risk that foreigners, including Australians, could be arbitrarily detained or arrested.”