'Extremely Relieved': Blogger Couple Released From Iranian Prison Return To Australia
A couple who spent months imprisoned in Iran have arrived safely back home to Australia after all charges against them were dropped and they were released.
Mark Firkin and Jolie King released a statement to the media upon their return on Saturday, saying they were "extremely happy and relieved to be safely back in Australia with those we love."
"While the past few months have been very difficult, we know it has also been tough for those back home who have been worried for us," the pair said.
The couple who were captured in Iran around three months ago, reportedly for flying a drone without permission, thanked the Australian Government for helping to secure their release and said they wanted to get back to their "normal lives."
"We know there are others who remain in detention in Iran, including a fellow Australian, and believe intense media coverage may not be helpful for efforts to bring them home," they said.
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Firkin, an Australian, and King, a British-Australian, left Perth in 2017 as part of an ambitious trip to reach the United Kingdom 'overland', driving their car -- converted into a small mobile home -- to the other side of the world.
They had been documenting their travels on social media and on their website, The Way Overland before they were detained.
Earlier, Foreign Affairs Minister Marise Payne confirmed the release of Firkin and King, but said another Australian woman remained imprisoned and negotiations with Iran were "are ongoing".
Last month, University of Melbourne lecturer and academic Dr Kylie Moore-Gilbert was named as the third Australian imprisoned in Iran.
At the time her family released a statement saying they were in close contact with the Australian Government as it worked to free her.
"Our family thanks the Government and the University of Melbourne for their ongoing support at this distressing and sensitive time," the statement read.
"We believe that the best chance of securing Kylie’s safe return is through diplomatic channels."
Payne confirmed the third Australian remained in detention in Iran.
"We don't accept the charges on which she was convicted," she said.
Payne added the separate case is very complex and negotiations with Iran continue.