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Aras Amiri, who lives in London, was held while on a private trip to visit family

Aras Amiri, who lives in London, was held while on a private trip to visit family

Two people with links to the UK have been detained in Iran, officials have said.

The Foreign Office said it was 'urgently seeking information from the Iranian authorities' over the detention of Iranian-British national Mahan Abedin.

Separately, Iranian national Aras Amiri, who lives in London, was held while on a private trip to visit family.

Her employer, the British Council, which works to improve international cultural relations, said assertions one of its staffers had been working in the country were false.

A spokeswoman said: 'We are aware that one of our staff has been detained in Iran while making a private family visit.

'The colleague is an Iranian national. Despite an assertion that this individual has travelled to Iran for work this is not the case.

'The British Council does not have offices or representatives in Iran.'

Her cousin, Mohsen Omrani, wrote on Facebook to explain that Aras has been 'jailed by forces belonging to Iran's ministry of intelligence'. 

The Foreign Office said it was 'urgently seeking information from the Iranian authorities' over the detention of Iranian-British national Mahan Abedin. Pictured: The Iranian Friends Society of London tweeted about Abedin's detention 

The Foreign Office said it was 'urgently seeking information from the Iranian authorities' over the detention of Iranian-British national Mahan Abedin. Pictured: The Iranian Friends Society of London tweeted about Abedin's detention 

He added: 'They arrested her before the Eid and it's now nearly 50 days that she is being kept in Evin prison's ward 209.'

Omrani also said she had been accused of acting against the national security of Iran. 

He said she is 32 and has lived in London for 10 years. She is studying philosophy of art at Kingston University, he said, explaining that she has a residence permit. 

She had gone to the city of Amol to visit her grandmother in hospital, he said.          

Her cousin, Mohsen Omrani, wrote on Facebook to explain that Aras (pictured) has been 'jailed by forces belonging to Iran's ministry of intelligence'

Her cousin, Mohsen Omrani, wrote on Facebook to explain that Aras

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