Iran Hostage Exchange: Kylie Moore-Gilbert Released

Kylie Moore-Gilbert had been imprisoned in Iran for over two years. This morning she was released.

Iran Hostage Exchange: Kylie Moore-Gilbert Released

Kylie Moore-Gilbert had been imprisoned in Iran for over two years. This morning she was released.

In an exchange for her release, three Iranians were returned to Iran according to state media sources.

The three Iranians were held as prisoners in Australia.

Kylie Moore-Gilbert had been employed by the University of Melbourne as Middle East scholar after receiving her education at Cambridge University.

In 2018, while attending a conference in Tehran, she was arrested on accusations of espionage. At a secret trial, she was convicted and received a 10-year sentence.

Iran’s Mehr news agency reported: “Today, two years after Gilbert’s conviction, the Islamic Republic finally decided to exchange her with three Iranian economic activists who had been detained for trying to circumvent sanctions.”

The Telegram, an arm of the Iranian news agency Fars, said Moore-Gilbert was exchanged for “an economic activist and two Iranian nationals detained abroad on trumped-up charges.”

Iranian officials claimed she had connections with MI6 and links with Jewish universities. It was also claimed she had been researching the Syrian opposition and Bahrain Shias.

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