March 1, 2021

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Kylie Moore-Gilbert lands in Australia

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<p>Dr Moore-Gilbert had been detained in Iran for more than two years under suspicions she was spying on local authorities.</p>

Freed Australian academic Kylie Moore-Gilbert has touched down in Australia after being freed from detention in Iran as part of a prisoner swap.

Dr Moore-Gilbert had been detained in Iran for more than two years under suspicions she was spying on local authorities.

The 33-year-old was in the country in September 2018 as part of an educational conference.

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Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said yesterday her release after 804 days behind bars had been achieved through painstaking work by Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) officials and Australia's Ambassador to Iran.

"The skill and experience of the people who have been involved in working through these issues is extraordinary."

In a statement yesterday, Dr Moore-Gilbert thanked the Australian Government for helping to secure her release, and the people who campaigned for her freedom.

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She described her two years in jail as a long and traumatic ordeal.

She said she held respect for Iran despite the "injustices" of her incarceration.

"I came to your country as a friend and friendly intentions and depart Iran with those sentiments," Dr Moore-Gilbert said.

International pressure on Iran to secure her release has escalated in recent months following reports that her health was deteriorating during long stretches of solitary confinement and that she had been transferred to the notorious Qarchak Prison, east of Tehran.

Australian academic Kylie Moore-Gilbert freed from Iran prison

Source: 9News https://www.9news.com.au/national/kylie-moore-gilbert-lands-in-australia-after-being-released-from-iranian-custody/4bda0521-e768-4597-8322-91f98c385087

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