Iranians grab two more British women: Ex-Cambridge academician and blogger draw with her boyfriend are thrown into the same hellhole Tehran prison that currently houses Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe
- The women are imprisoned in the same prison as Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, 41
- One works as a teacher in Australia and the other is a blogger who travels through Asia
- They were taken to Evin prison in Tehran after being arrested in separate incidents
The Iranian authorities have arrested two female British double subjects together with one of the women's Australian friends and have taken them to a notorious Tehran prison, according to reports.
The women are locked up in the same prison where Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, 41, a British-Iranian mother, has been detained since 2016 for allegations of espionage.
They work as a university teacher in Australia and previously studied at Cambridge University.
The other is a blogger who was traveling with her Australian friend in Asia.
The women are locked up in Evin prison in Tehran, pictured, where Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, 41, a British-Iranian mother, has been detained since 2016 for accusations of espionage
They were reportedly taken to Evin prison in Tehran, the capital, after being arrested in separate incidents, as reported by The Times.
The women are supposed to be the first British passport holders without Iranian nationality who have been imprisoned in the country for years.
The arrests come in the midst of increased tensions between Iran and Great Britain. Dominic Raab, the foreign secretary, yesterday called the Tehran ambassador to London for talks about an Iranian oil tanker in Gibraltar.
Mr Raab said that the EU sanctions have been broken by the transfer of the oil to Syria.
The blogger has been detained in a neighborhood for female political prisoners where Mrs. Zaghari-Ratcliffe is currently being detained.
The blogger has been detained in a neighborhood for female political prisoners where Mrs. Zaghari-Ratcliffe (photo) is currently being detained
She and her boyfriend were arrested about ten weeks ago when they were traveling in Iran on a trip they had blogged on social media.
They started their journey in Australia about three years ago and followers of their accounts have expressed concerns about their recent silence.
A source told the newspaper that the Iranian authorities told the woman that she was being held in an attempt to orchestrate a prisoner exchange with Australia.
The same source says the teacher is in solitary confinement after being sentenced to ten years in prison for an unknown violation. The punishment is common for foreigners accused of espionage.
Tulip Siddiq, Labor MP from Mrs. Zaghari-Ratcliffe, told The Times: & # 39; This terrible news shows a clear escalation of Iran's hostage diplomacy.
Ratcliffe, pictured outside the Iranian embassy in London in June, said Iran must understand that & # 39; hostage diplomacy is not OK & # 39;
& # 39; Gentle diplomatic responses to the illegal and inhumane treatment of British prisoners by Iran have failed. & # 39;
Richard Ratcliffe, Mrs. Zaghari-Ratcliffe's husband, told the newspaper: & I complained to the foreign secretary last week that we had seen an escalation from Iran in recent months, even since our hunger strike, to Nazanin in public hospitalized in chains and restricting her visits and phone calls, new major penalties announced for other innocent people, and more British citizens being taken, even non-Iranians. & # 39;
He said Iran must understand that & # 39; hostage diplomacy is not OK & # 39; and that the British government cannot sit quietly while ordinary people are seen as negotiating chips & # 39 ;.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs declined to comment.
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