Academic freed by Iran back in Australia

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Sydney | Australian-British researcher Kylie Moore-Gilbert, released after two years in Iran on charges of espionage, returned to Australia on Friday, media reported.

After more than 800 days in prison, this Middle Eastern specialist landed at the airport in the capital Canberra, according to Australian public broadcaster ABC.

Her arrival was made with the utmost discretion, with the Australian government saying that the 33-year-old academic has requested respect for her privacy while recovering from this ordeal.

She was released Friday after two years of detention which she described as “a long and traumatic ordeal”.

His release was obtained in exchange for that of three Iranians accused of being involved in an alleged plot against Israeli diplomats: Masoud Sedaghatzadeh, Mohammad Khazaei and Saeed Moradi, who had lost both legs in a bomb explosion. in Bangkok in 2012

An Australian government plane touched down in Canberra on Friday evening from an air base on the west side of the huge island continent to which Moore-Gilbert was reportedly transferred from her flight from the Middle East .

She was arrested in 2018 by the Revolutionary Guards, the ideological army of the Islamic Republic, after attending a conference in Qom, in the center.

She had been charged with espionage and sentenced to 10 years in prison, charges she has consistently denied.

“I came to Iran as a friend, with good intentions,” she said in a statement released by the Australian government, in which she also pays tribute to Iranians “warm of heart, generous and brave”.

The Thai government has confirmed that MM. Sedaghatzadeh and Moradi had been transferred as prisoners to Iran, while Mr. Khazaei received a royal pardon in August.

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