An Australian man and his British-Australian partner have recalled how their round the world adventure turned into a harrowing nightmare after they arrested at gunpoint and detained in a Iranian jail for almost three months.
Western Australian-based travel bloggers Mark Firkin and Jolie King were falsely accused of espionage after they were arrested last June near Tehran for illegally flying a drone.
They were taken to a holding cell and spent almost three months in the notorious Evin Prison before being released thanks to assistance of Australian authorities.
A year on since their release, the couple have broken the silence about the dramatic moment they were woken at midnight while being blindfolded and guns held at their heads by police.
It's been a year since ravel bloggers Jolie King and Mark Firkin (pictured) were released from Iran's Evin Prison following a three month ordeal
'They weren't having a bar of what we were trying to communicate with them and they just didn't believe we were who we said we were,' Mr Firkin told The West Australian.
Mr Firkin and Ms King were charged with espionage, which carries a maximum penalty of death in Iran.
The couple claimed they were denied access to Australian consular officials and told they weren't entitled to lawyers.
They also recalled being taken to a judge, where their interrogators also acted as translators.
'At this point the judge had then issued us with another sheet of paper saying that the charges for espionage had been dropped but we were being charged with taking pictures of an atomic site, which again, was a complete fabrication,' Ms King said.
Her partner Mr Firkin added: 'It went from 10 years for espionage or death, to three years for taking photos of an atomic site.'
Mark Firkin and his partner Jolie King quit their jobs in mid-2017 to travel the world
The couple returned to Western Australia following their release from Evin Prison last October.