Brit blogger ‘scared and disoriented’ after being thrown in solitary and interrogated for two months in Iran, reveals fellow inmate Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe

Brit blogger ‘scared and disoriented’ after being thrown in solitary and interrogated for two months in Iran, reveals fellow inmate Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe

- in Usa News

A BRIT blogger banged up in an Iranian jail was seen looking “scared, disoriented and intimidated” after being interrogated by guards for more than two months.

Building designer Jolie King was seized with her Australian partner Mark Firkin in July for allegedly flying the a drone without a licence near Tehran.

Blogger Jolie King was seized with her boyfriend Mark Firkin for allegedly flying a drone without a licence
Jolie King was arrested in Iran with her boyfriend while travelling
Brit mum Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe has been held in Iran since 2016
PA:Press Association
Nazanin’s husband Richard revealed Jolie was being held on the same wing as his caged wife
PA:Press Association

The British-Australian vlogger had been documenting her travels around the world on social media and raising money on crowdfunding site Patreon, but is now caged at the notorious Evin jail, The Times reports.

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

Her husband, Richard Radcliffe, revealed that his wife had seen Jolie when she arrived inside the facility.

He told the ABC: “I know that the girl is now in with Nazanin, [she] came through scared and disoriented and obviously had been quite intimidated by being interrogated for all that time in solitary.”

“Nazanin was kept in a room without any windows — so no natural light — it was a lightbulb kept on the whole time.

“[She was] taken out for interrogations blindfolded.”


AP:Associated Press

Negar Ghodskani, currently being held in the US, is reportedly the Iranian woman Tehran want to swap with Jolie[/caption]

Earlier it emerged that Iran was demanding the US hand over a spy-mum in exchange for the release of Jolie and Mark.

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

Sources said the pair were seized by authorities in July and are being used as bargaining chips for Negar Ghodskani, 40.

The Iranian had been living in Australia before she was arrested for trying to dodge sanctions then extradited to the US.

She admitted conspiracy to evade US sanctions and illegally export controlled technology last month and has had a baby since being locked behind bars.

Iranian authorities told Jolie she was being held in the hope of a prisoner swap, according to The Times.

Iran minister Mohammed Javad Zarif previously said: “We have an Iranian lady in Australia who gave birth in prison after she was arrested on an extradition request from the United States.

“Nobody talks about this lady in Australia whose child is growing up outside prison with his mother in prison.

“I put this offering on the table publicly now. Exchange them.”

Meanwhile, adventurous Jolie and Mark were arrested after quitting their jobs as a building designer and construction manager jobs in Perth, Australia.

Jolie and Mark uploaded pictures of their travels to Instagram


The couple quit their jobs and decided to travel the world together[/caption]

Jolie’s last YouTube upload featured footage from her trip to Pakistan
The couple used their drone in most of their video uploads including while in Pakistan

The pair were mid-way through an epic drive from Australia to the UK where Jolie’s dad Mike King was born and raised in Essex.

They said in blog posts that they wanted to quit the “9-5 grind” and travel the world while visiting supposedly dangerous countries.

The couple wrote online: “Our biggest motivation behind the vlogs is to hopefully inspire anyone wanting to travel.

“And also try to break the stigma around travelling to countries which get a bad rap in the media.”

The editor of Persian-language TV channel Manoto TV told The Times “there was a misunderstanding” and the couple were “unaware of the Iranian law which bans drone flights without a licence”.

Jolie is locked up in the same wing as Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, a 41-year-old British-Iranian mum-of one, held at the jail since 2016 on spying charges.

It is claimed they are being used as additional collateral after a proposed swap for Ghodskani and Zaghari-Ratcliffe failed.

A second unnamed British-Australian woman was also arrested in a separate incident.

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

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

Jolie and her boyfriend posted photos of their globe-trotting after leaving Australia in 2017.

They have been driving a Toyota Land Cruiser through countries across Asia, including India, Pakistan and China.

The pair have been accused of being spies by the paranoid Iranian authorities
The travel bloggers are being held in a jail dubbed ‘a black hole of evil’
Jolie and her partner face 10 years in prison if convicted

The couple posted a video on June 30 on their first day in Iran.

But pals raised concerns when they stopped hearing updates from Jolie and Mark a few weeks ago.

Jolie said: “We just arrived. It’s actually really beautiful.”

It is believed Jolie is the first UK citizen 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.

We will not accept Iran using our citizens as diplomatic leverage

Dominic Raab

Boris Johnson is set to confront Iran about the arrested Brits at a UN meeting in New York this month.

In a letter to families of three Brits held in Iran, seen by The Times, Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said: “We will not accept Iran using our citizens as diplomatic leverage.”

Ben Wallace, the defence secretary, said: “The message to Iran is to follow the international rule of law, and to release people that have been detained in the way they have been over the last couple of years.”

It comes amid escalating tensions between Britain and Iran, 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.

Jolie and Mark said they wanted ‘break the stigma around travelling to countries which get a bad rap’


The couple left Australia three years ago to go travelling[/caption]


Their globe-trotting took them across Asia, including the Hunza Valley in Pakistan[/caption]


Jolie is seen here in northern Pakistan’s Passu Glacier[/caption]

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