Australia welcomes release of British-Australian academic from Iran jail

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australia on Thursday welcomed the release of British-Australian academic Kylie Moore-Gilbert, who was detained in Iran in September 2018 and had been serving a 10-year sentence for espionage. 'I am extremely pleased and relieved to advise that Dr Kylie Moore-Gilbert has been released from detention in Iran and will soon be reunited with her family,' Australian Foreign Affairs Minister Marise Payne said in a statement.

Reuters November 26, 2020 03:10:12 IST
Australia welcomes release of British-Australian academic from Iran jail

Australia welcomes release of BritishAustralian academic from Iran jail

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australia on Thursday welcomed the release of British-Australian academic Kylie Moore-Gilbert, who was detained in Iran in September 2018 and had been serving a 10-year sentence for espionage.

"I am extremely pleased and relieved to advise that Dr Kylie Moore-Gilbert has been released from detention in Iran and will soon be reunited with her family," Australian Foreign Affairs Minister Marise Payne said in a statement.

"The Australian Government has consistently rejected the grounds on which the Iranian government arrested, detained and convicted Dr Moore-Gilbert. We continue to do so."

Iran has exchanged Moore-Gilbert, a specialist in Middle East politics at the University of Melbourne, with three Iranians who had been detained abroad, Iran's state broadcaster IRIB reported on Wednesday.

(Reporting by Renju Jose; editing by Jonathan Oatis)

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