Freed British-Australian academic thanks supporters after Iranian release

By Colin Packham SYDNEY (Reuters) - A British-Australian academic on Thursday thanked her supporters and diplomatic efforts to secure her freedom after she was released from jail in Iran following more than two years of imprisonment. Kylie Moore-Gilbert, who was detained in Iran in 2018 and sentenced to 10 years in prison on espionage charges, was released in exchange for three Iranians who had been detained abroad, Iran's state broadcaster IRIB reported. Moore-Gilbert, a specialist in Middle East politics at the University of Melbourne, said after leaving Iran that she was grateful for the work done to gain her release.

Reuters November 26, 2020 07:10:08 IST
Freed British-Australian academic thanks supporters after Iranian release

Freed BritishAustralian academic thanks supporters after Iranian release

By Colin Packham

SYDNEY (Reuters) - A British-Australian academic on Thursday thanked her supporters and diplomatic efforts to secure her freedom after she was released from jail in Iran following more than two years of imprisonment.

Kylie Moore-Gilbert, who was detained in Iran in 2018 and sentenced to 10 years in prison on espionage charges, was released in exchange for three Iranians who had been detained abroad, Iran's state broadcaster IRIB reported.

Moore-Gilbert, a specialist in Middle East politics at the University of Melbourne, said after leaving Iran that she was grateful for the work done to gain her release.

"Thank you also to all of you who have supported me and campaigned for my freedom," she said, in a statement released through Australia's Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

"I came to Iran as a friend and with friendly intentions and depart Iran with those sentiments not only still intact, but strengthened."

She has denied any wrongdoing.

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Thursday he had spoken with Moore-Gilbert ahead of her return.

"I have always believed in miracles and I'm just thankful for this one," Morrison told reporters.

"She seems to be in our own conversations, in quite good spirits, but I imagine there is a lot of processing to go through yet."

Once Moore-Gilbert arrives in Australia, she will quarantine in an unspecified location for two weeks.

(Reporting by Renju Jose and Colin Packham; Editing by Richard Pullin)

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