A British-Australian Australian professor who spent 40-80 days in some of Iran’s most notorious prisons has been arrested for dating an Israeli, according to a report.
Following the release of Dr Kylie Moore-Gilbert from custody on Thursday, the Australian government secretly arranged for a prisoner exchange linked to Thailand, the Australian paper. Age report.
The university lecturer was stopped at Tehran airport in 2018 with the intention of making false accusations of being a spy.
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Senior government and diplomatic officials now say the real reason behind Moore-Gilbert’s detention was that Iranian officials learned she was romantically involved with an Israeli citizen.
Dr. Moore-Gilbert was sentenced to 10 years in prison on original espionage charges, which she and the Australian government denied.
Australian authorities, including Foreign Secretary Mary Payne, have adopted a “quiet diplomacy” strategy over a 12-month period and have not commented publicly on the case due to their sensitive nature.
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morris declined to comment on any details of her release, saying only that she had been “relieved” that she was safe and that she was returning to Australia.
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“For the sake of protecting the safety of all other Austral Australians who may find themselves in potentially difficult situations, Australian Australian governments always deal very discreetly with these issues.”
Australia’s ambassador to Thailand, Alan McKinnon, has clashed with Thai officials over the release of three Iranian terrorists who allegedly exchanged lecturers at the University of Melbourne for the assassination of Israeli diplomats.
His family said they were “relieved and emotional” while Moore-Gilbert “expressed his love and appreciation for the great nation of Iran and its loving, generous and brave people.”
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