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Two British-Australian women and an Australian man have been detained in Iran, it has been reported.

The Times says one of the women was arrested with her boyfriend 10 weeks ago on unknown charges while another woman was jailed for 10 years.

Iran has held several dual nationals in recent years, including the British-Iranian Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe.

Australia’s foreign ministry confirmed assistance was being given to the families of the Australians being held.

The two cases are not thought to be linked.

The two women are believed to be the first British passport holders without dual Iranian nationality to be held in the country in recent years, the paper reports.

They are understood to be in Tehran’s Evin jail, where Mrs Zaghari-Ratcliffe, 41, a mother of one from London, has been held on spying charges since 2016. She denies the allegations.

One of the women is thought to be in the same ward for female political prisoners as Mrs Zaghari-Ratcliffe.

Her husband, Richard Ratcliffe, said: “Our hearts reach out to the families involved. It is tough being at the wrong end of Iran’s hostage taking.

“I hope Boris Johnson and Dominic Raab use their upcoming meetings at the UN to make clear to Iran that enough is enough.

“This hostage diplomacy cannot go on.”

One of the women being detained is reportedly a blogger who was travelling through Asia with her Australian boyfriend.

The second woman is said to be an academic who studied at the University of Cambridge and was lecturing at an Australian university.

While the charges against the second woman remain unclear, 10-year terms are routinely given in Iran for spying charges, the Times said. Read more

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