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Perth travel bloggers arrested in Iran at gunpoint speak out year after incident (7news.com.au)

A Perth couple arrested at gunpoint near the Iranian capital Tehran have spoken out, exactly a year on from the dramatic incident.

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

Watch Foreign Minister Marise Payne announce their release in the video above

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

King and Firkin were reunited with their family in Perth and, apart from a statement issued through the Department of Home Affairs at the time, have been relatively quiet.

Australian travel bloggers Jolie King and Mark Firkin. Credit: Instagram

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

Despite their ordeal, they’ve vowed to return to travelling when they can.

“We’re OK and the [car] has been relocated and is currently patiently waiting in safe hands until we can be reunited and continue on,” it read.

“A lot can happen in 12 months.

“Tonight, June 30, at midnight will make 12 months to the minute we were taken at gunpoint from our beds.

“We might give some more info shortly on what actually happened.”

A file image of notorious Evin Prison in Iran.
A file image of notorious Evin Prison in Iran. Credit: XKO/AP

Before their arrest, Firkin and King had travelled 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 it was a quid pro quo.

But the bloggers’ release came as an Iranian doctoral student detained in Brisbane was freed to return to Iran instead of being extradited to the United States.

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