New Zealand Instagram couple ‘relieved’ after leaving Iran

A New Zealand couple who went silent after entering Iran almost four months ago say they are “extremely relieved” to have finally returned home.

Topher Richwhite and Bridget Thackwray arrived there in July as part of a tour they were documenting for their social media page, Expedition Earth.

But fears were raised after they abruptly stopped posting on their Instagram account.

It is unclear what happened after they entered Iran.

In a video since deleted from their page, Mr Richwhite – the son of one of New Zealand’s richest men – said the couple had been stopped at the Iranian border, where the vehicle was inspected.

Their page – usually filled with colourful updates of their adventures – fell silent soon after a terse meeting with border officials.

New Zealand media reported that the newlyweds had not been imprisoned, but that they were unable to leave Iran and that their movements were being restricted and monitored by regime officials.

Tehran insisted that the pair had not…

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