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Two Brit women seized by Iran and thrown in jail while traveling country amid spiralling tensions with UK – The Sun, Thesun.co.uk

Two Brit women seized by Iran and thrown in jail while traveling country amid spiralling tensions with UK – The Sun, Thesun.co.uk


TWO British women have been arrested while traveling in Iran and locked up in a hellhole jail.

The females – a blogger and an academic – have been detained as relations between the UK and Tehran soured further.

 Two British-Australian women have been arrested and jailed at the notorious Evin jail, Tehran

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Two British-Australian women have been arrested and jailed at the notorious Evin jail, TehranCredit: Wikipedia

 It comes as the UK government claimed the tanker Adrian Darya 1 has delivered its oil to Syria

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It comes as the UK government claimed the tanker Adrian Darya 1 has delivered its oil to SyriaCredit: AFP or licensors

The British-Australian pair were arrested separately and caged at the notorious Evin jail, The Times reports.

A woman jailed at the prison has called it a “black hole of evil”, with claims of torture and brutality from guards.

Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, a 41 – year -old British-Iranian mum-of one, has been held at the same jail since 2016 on spying charges.

The blogger was reportedly seized ten weeks ago as she traveled with her Australian boyfriend.

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She had been posting updates of their travels on YouTube and Instagram during their three years of traveling.

But pals raised concerns when they stopped hearing updates from them a few weeks ago.

An academic also arrested in Iran had studied at Cambridge University and was now a lecturer in Australia.

She is said to be held in solitary confinement and has been sentenced to ten years in jail for an unknown offence, a source told The Times.

‘TERRIBLE NEWS’

Although it isn’t known what she was convicted of, foreigners are often jailed for a decade on espionage charges.

But it is believed the two Brits arrested are the first UK citizens without Iranian passports to be jailed in Iran in recent years.

Prisoners say cells in the prison are filthy, overcrowded and infested with beetles, comparing it to torture chamber.

The Australian government is taking the lead in both cases, with Britain urged to act.

Tulip Siddiq, Mrs Zaghari Ratcliffe’s Labor MP, said “This terrible news shows a clear escalation of Iran’s hostage diplomacy.

“Soft diplomatic responses to Iran’s illegal and inhumane treatment of British prisoners have been a failure.”

Soft diplomatic responses to Iran illegal and inhumane treatment of British prisoners have been a failure

Tulip Siddiq

It comes as Dominic Raab, the foreign secretary, claimed a tanker seized in Gibraltar has now delivered its oil to Syria.

Mr Raab said that the Adrian Darya-1’s oil was transferred in breach of EU sanctions.

The 15, 000 – tonne ship was seized by a team of Royal Marines as it passed through the British territory’s waters on July 4 for trying to bust European sanctions and take oil to Syria.

Iran is preparing to release a British tanker that was seized in retaliation.

The Stena Impero was boarded in the Strait of Hormuz.

 An Iranian Revolutionary Guard jet boat sails around the seized British-flagged tanker Stena Impero in Bandar Abbas

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An Iranian Revolutionary Guard jet boat sails around the seized British-flagged tanker Stena Impero in Bandar AbbasCredit: EPA

 Seven of the 23 crew members on Iranian-seized British oil tanker Stena Impero are set to be freed

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Seven of the 23 crew members on Iranian-seized British oil tanker Stena Impero are set to be freedCredit: Reuters

It comes after Iranian officials said some of the group would be released from theStena Impero after seven weeks for “humanitarian reasons”. *********

There was no word from hardline rulers in Iran’s capital Tehran on the fate of the remaining Stena Impero crew, none of whom are British.

The vessel had beenintercepted after the Adrian Darya-1 wasseized with the aid of British forcesin July, suspected of ferrying oil to the Assad regime in breach of EU sanctions.

the Adrian Darya-1 wasreleasedon August 18 and Iran claimed it was heading for the Kalamata port in Greece, a port too small to accommodate a ship of that size.

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But satellite images showed the vessel just two nautical miles off the port city of Tartus on Syria’s Mediterranean coast.

The UK’s Foreign Office said in a statement that reports about the ship’s location were “deeply troubling”, and that for Iran to renege on its assurances would be a “violation of international norms and a morally bankrupt course of action”.

The Stena Impero was seized on July 20 andfootageshowed balaclava-clad Iranian commandos abseil onto its deck.

Iran Revolutionary Guard launched a gunboat and helicopter raid on the tanker, which is registered in the UK, claiming it had turned off its tracker and ignored warnings.

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Footage showed speedboats surrounding the stricken vessel before the commandos stormed the ship.

British warship HMS Montrose sped to help the tanker Iran but arrived ten minutes too late.

In responseBoris Johnson ordered the Royal Navyto accompany all British-flagged vessels through the Strait of Hormuz.

 An Iranian Revolutionary Guard helicopter hovers around the seized British-flagged tanker

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An Iranian Revolutionary Guard helicopter hovers around the seized British-flagged tankerCredit: EPA

 Hatching plan . . at 4pm, IRG special forces on board a chopper inspect the Stena Impero, en route to Saudia Arabia with its 23 crew

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Hatching plan. . at 4pm, IRG special forces on board a chopper inspect the Stena Impero, en route to Saudia Arabia with its 23 crew

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The armed troops prime their weapons and make final checks as they prepare to storm the British oil tanker below

 Soldiers abseil from a hovering helicopter while gunboats surrounding the Impero force it north towards Bandar Abbas

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Soldiers abseil from a hovering helicopter while gunboats surrounding the Impero force it north towards Bandar AbbasCredit: AFP or licensors

British oil tanker was seized and went ‘dark’: Satellite sleuths track the Stena Impero


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