Australian Overlanders Detained in Iran

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Australian Overlanders Detained in Iran

Postby MartaP » Thu Sep 12, 2019 2:19 am

Hi,

My name is Marta, I’m a former overlander who travelled from Indonesia to Spain (though Central Asia) with my partner in 2017/18. I’m also a journalist and photographer in Perth, Western Australia.

About a month ago, Jolie King and Mark Firkin, two Australian vlogers travelling overland from Australia to the UK, were arrested near Tehran.

I was wondering if anyone here had met them along the way, and could tell me what they were like and what their plans were. Any bit helps as we try to figure out what’s going on and how to get them home.

You can reach out through here or via email on [email protected]

Thanks,
Marta
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Re: Australian Overlanders Detained in Iran

Postby AreWeThereYet? » Fri Sep 13, 2019 7:58 am

The UK news, where this is something quite keenly felt as these guys also had British citizenship (and let us not forget the case of Nazanin Radcliffe) were saying that they'd been arrested for flying a drone for which they had no permit after camping near Tehran in an area that apparently is restricted or used by security forces.

https://www.standard.co.uk/news/world/a ... 34641.html
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Re: Australian Overlanders Detained in Iran

Postby steven » Mon Sep 16, 2019 5:31 am

Some say it is in retaliation to the Iranian writer who has been detained in Australia for 6 years. They want to torture him themselves, it seems.

https://www.gulf-times.com/story/638856 ... stralian-b

Here's another one they would like to exchange: https://www.theguardian.com/news/2019/a ... ic-dispute

I wouldn't believe the drone story, though. Backpackers do stupid things in Iran all the time, but it's only the British and Canadian ones that get arrested.

Was a guy on here a few years ago who was cycling around Natanz. That's right, where they develop nuclear warheads. They escorted him out, gave him a free meal and sent him on his way with a friendly wave.
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Re: Australian Overlanders Detained in Iran

Postby BartIna » Tue Nov 05, 2019 6:11 am

Hej Marta,
It might be a bit of a stretch, but we have met overlanders in Baku, Azerbaijan, who had been in touch with the couple to get advice and tips before their own trip. I don't know if they have met them in person, my guess is that they haven't. It doesn't seem that they had more information on the incident than what was shown on the news.

Let me know if you are interested in their contacts, so I can ask them if they agree with the contact exchange.
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Re: Australian Overlanders Detained in Iran

Postby s0meguy » Wed Nov 27, 2019 2:34 am

steven wrote:Some say it is in retaliation to the Iranian writer who has been detained in Australia for 6 years. They want to torture him themselves, it seems.

https://www.gulf-times.com/story/638856 ... stralian-b

Here's another one they would like to exchange: https://www.theguardian.com/news/2019/a ... ic-dispute

I wouldn't believe the drone story, though. Backpackers do stupid things in Iran all the time, but it's only the British and Canadian ones that get arrested.

Was a guy on here a few years ago who was cycling around Natanz. That's right, where they develop nuclear warheads. They escorted him out, gave him a free meal and sent him on his way with a friendly wave.


I'm not so sure, they take flying drones in restricted places in Iran extremely seriously. When I was in Iran I asked about flying my drone and my Iranian friend told me that her Iranian friend got arrested for it. So I think it can happen to anybody. Police/law enforcement is pretty random and unpredictable in Iran.
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