US News Iran: researcher Kylie Moore-Gilbert released after 800 days of detention

10:45  26 november  2020
10:45  26 november  2020 Source:   lepoint.fr

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Iran frees Kylie Moore - Gilbert , a British-Australian academic who has been detained in Iran for more than two years, in exchange for three Iranians Her detention has further strained relations between Iran and the West, which reached a fever pitch earlier this year following the American killing of a top

Iranian state media said the scholar, Kylie Moore - Gilbert , was released in exchange for the return to Iran Iran frees Australian-British researcher accused of spying for Israel. 3 Iranians held abroad Kylie Moore - Gilbert : The Australian academic has been freed after 804 days in an Iranian jail, in

Kylie Moore-Gilbert, Iran © Provided by Le Point Kylie Moore-Gilbert, Iran

It's the end of a long ordeal for Kylie Moore-Gilbert. The Australian-British researcher, a specialist in the Middle East, was released from Iran on Wednesday, November 25, after more than 800 days of detention. She had been convicted by the Iranian regime for espionage for the benefit of Israel . His release was accepted by Tehran in exchange for three Iranians. Although relieved to regain freedom, the researcher admitted that her departure from Iran was going to have a "bittersweet" taste, despite the "injustices" suffered.

"I came to Iran as a friend, with good intentions," she said in a statement issued by the Australian government, in which she also pays tribute to Iranians "warm of heart, generous and brave" . The researcher also hailed in this text the end of a "long and traumatic ordeal", adding that the support she received in detention "was what mattered most to" her.

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Kylie Moore - Gilbert thanks those who worked towards her release , which Iran says was a prisoner exchange. She was tried in secret and strongly denied all the charges against her. According to Iranian state media, she was exchanged for an Iranian businessman and two Iranian citizens "who

Kylie Moore - Gilbert , the Australian-British academic detained by Iran on espionage charges, has been released in a prisoner exchange for three Iranians . Friends and colleagues of Moore - Gilbert who had been campaigning for her release said they were “over the moon” at her release after 804 days

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Her family and loved ones expressed in a statement their immense relief after the first images showing the young woman since her release, broadcast by Iranian state television. According to the footage, Kylie Moore-Gilbert is seen at Tehran Airport alongside Australia Ambassador to Iran Lyndall Sach. Australian Prime Minister Sott Morrison, who spoke to the researcher, welcomed the release. "He is an extraordinarily strong, intelligent and courageous person, capable of going beyond this ordeal", he declared on Channel 9 television.

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"A man and two Iranian citizens detained abroad on false charges were released in exchange for a dual-nationality spy working for the Zionist regime, ”Iribnews, the Zionist website, said earlier. state television, giving the name of Kylie Moore-Gilbert. The television gave no further details on the exchange. Iribnews simply posted an uncomplicated video showing three unidentifiable men greeted with honors by Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araghchi, as well as the few shots of Kylie Moore-Gilbert at the airport.

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Kylie Moore - Gilbert is a specialist in Middle East politics at the University of Melbourne. Dr Moore - Gilbert , who worked as a lecturer in Middle Eastern studies at the University of Melbourne Foreign Minister Marise Payne said securing Dr Moore - Gilbert 's release was an "absolute priority"

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But according to the Sydney Morning Herald, it is Mohamad Khazaei, Masoud Sedaghat Zadeh and Saeed Moradi. These three men have been imprisoned in Thailand since a failed assassination attempt on Israeli diplomats in 2012. Moradi lost both legs in the failed explosion, which targeted these diplomats. The arrest of Kylie Moore-Gilbert, a 30-year-old teacher in Islamic studies at the University of Melbourne (Australia), was confirmed in September 2019. According to her family, she had been imprisoned several months earlier.

Sentenced to ten years in prison for espionage

Sentenced to 10 years in prison for intelligence with Israel, the young woman has always denied being a spy. "Good news from Iran is rare," reacted the human rights organization Amnesty International on Twitter. “It is a huge relief to hear about his release. The Iranian press has written very little about Kylie Moore-Gilbert and the little information available on her comes mainly from the Australian authorities, her family and British or Australian newspapers. According to British daily The Guardian, she was arrested in September 2018 at Tehran airport after attending an academic conference in Iran. In letters smuggled out of prison and published in January by the Guardian and The Times, she said she had refused an offer from the Iranians to spy on their behalf.

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Leaving Iran after 804 days in prison, Moore - Gilbert praised the people of Iran . “I have nothing but respect, love and admiration for the great nation of Moore - Gilbert ’s family said they were “relieved and ecstatic” at her release . “We cannot convey the overwhelming happiness that each of us feel at

Australian academic Kylie Moore - Gilbert “will soon be reunited with her family” after enduring more than two years in prison in Iran , Australian foreign minister Marise Payne has confirmed. The University of Melbourne Iranian studies lecturer was reportedly freed in a prisoner swap deal with the Iranian

“I'm not a spy. I have never been a spy, ”she wrote. Feeling "abandoned and forgotten", Kylie Moore-Gilbert also mentioned in these letters written between June and December 2019 a precarious existence and made of deprivation, without visits or calls, as well as recurring health problems. Signing “an innocent political prisoner”, she asked to be transferred to the general section of women of Evin prison in Tehran, after months in solitary confinement in a small cell permanently lit having “seriously damaged” her health.

In prison with other academics convicted of conspiracy

Finally transferred to this section, she rubbed shoulders with the Franco-Iranian academic Fariba Adelkhah and the Iranian-British Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe. Her support committee said at the end of October that she had been transferred to Qarchak women's prison, reserved for common law prisoners, before being returned to Evine. Detained since June 2019 and sentenced to five years in prison for "collusion with a view to endangering national security" and "propaganda against the political system" of the Islamic Republic? of the accusations she denies? Fariba Adelkhah has been detained at home under the control of an electronic bracelet since the beginning of October.

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For several months, it has also been the situation of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, threatened with a new trial after being sentenced to five years in prison on one charge conspiracy against national security, which it denies. Iran, which does not recognize dual nationality, denounces as so many attempts of "unacceptable interference" the calls from Paris to release Fariba Adelkhah and from London to enlarge Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe. In recent months, Iran has conducted several prisoner exchanges with countries holding Iranian nationals convicted, awaiting trial or threatened with extradition to the United States.

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