'Two British-Australian women jailed in notorious Iran prison'

An Iranian inmate peers from behind a wall as a guard walks by at the female section of the infamous Evin jail

The second woman is said to be an academic who was lecturing at an Australian university.

The cases of the two women are believed to be the first imprisonments in Iran of British passport holders who do not also have Iranian nationality.

It is thought that both women are now being kept at Evin prison in Tehran, the same jail where British-Iranian mother Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe has been held on spying charges since 2016.

The Times newspaper reported on Tuesday that Australia was providing consular assistance to the families of the three and urging people to reconsider traveling to the nation.

A female Australian-British blogger and her male Australian boyfriend were arrested while travelling through Iran 10 weeks ago.

The three are incarcerated in the Evin jail in Tehran.

Two British-Australian women of all ages have been jailed in the infamous Iranian prison where Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe has been held given that 2016, according to reports.

Though the charges against the second woman remain unclear, Iran routinely hands out 10-year terms for spying charges, the Times said.

The two women being detained are Australian-British dual citizens, no further details have been made public.

The arrests come amid tensions between Iran and United States and its allies, including Australia. DFAT would not comment further on the three cases due to privacy reasons, and would not confirm whether the cases were related.

Richard Ratcliffe, Mrs Zaghari-Ratcliffe's husband, told the paper: 'I complained to the foreign secretary last week that we'd been seeing an escalation from Iran in recent months, even since our hunger strike, publicly taking Nazanin to hospital in chains and restricting her visits and calls, new big sentences announced for other innocent people, and more British citizens being taken, even non-Iranian'.

It warns "there is a risk that foreigners, including Australians, could be arbitrarily detained, or arrested". "Dual nationals are also at risk".

Britain and Australia last month signed onto a USA -led maritime security mission to protect global shipping in the Strait of Hormuz, where Iran's recent seizures of vessels has raised tensions with the West.

The information got here as Britain accused accused Tehran of an "unacceptable" breach of worldwide norms after it apparently broke a promise that an oil tanker detained off Gibraltar this summer time wouldn't ship oil to Syria.

Analysts see the arrests as a tactical ploy to gain leverage, or as part of the murky politics in Iran - with hardliners in the judiciary and the security apparatus scuttling the more conciliatory approach of moderates.

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