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Perth travel bloggers arrested in Iran at gunpoint speak out year after incident

A couple from Perth who were arrested at gunpoint near the Iranian capital Tehran spoke out exactly one year after the dramatic incident.

Jolie King and Mark Firkin, self-described travel bloggers, were arrested on June 30, 2019 for flying a drone near a military zone.

Watch Foreign Secretary Marise Payne announce her release in the video above

They spent several months in Iran before the Australian government ensured their release last October.

King and Firkin were reunited with their family in Perth and were relatively calm, barring a statement from the Home Office.

Australian travel bloggers Jolie King and Mark Firkin. Photo credit: Instagram

But on Tuesday, the year-long anniversary of their arrest, they shared a meaningful Instagram post.

Despite their ordeal, they vowed to travel again if they can.

“We’re fine and they [car] has been relocated and is currently waiting patiently in safe hands until we are reunited and can move on, ”it says.

“A lot can happen in 12 months.

“Tonight, June 30th, at midnight, it will be 12 months before the minute we were taken from our beds at gunpoint.

“We’ll have more information about what actually happened shortly.”

A file picture of the infamous Evin prison in Iran.A file picture of the infamous Evin prison in Iran. Image credit: XKO/.AP

Prior to their arrest, Firkin and King had traveled through Australia, Asia, Europe and the Middle East.

They spent several months in the notorious Evin Prison.

Firkin and King were released and all charges were dropped in an apparent prisoner swap.

The Australian government denies that this was consideration.

The bloggers were released, however, when an Iranian doctoral student detained in Brisbane was able to return to Iran instead of being extradited to the United States.

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