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An Anglo-Australian woman Kylie Moore-Gilber serving a 10-year sentence in Iran for spying has been transferred to a notorious desert prison, officials say.
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Kylie Moore-Gilber a professor at the University of Melbourne
Kylie Moore-Gilbert, a professor at the University of Melbourne, has been in prison since September 2018.
She was tried in secret and vehemently denies all charges against her.
The Australian government has said it considers Iran responsible for Moore-Gilbert’s “security and well-being” and “urgently requests access” to it.
“The Moore-Gilbert case is one of the highest priorities for the Australian government, including for the employees of our embassy in Tehran,” the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade said in a statement on Tuesday.
The statement added that Iran confirmed previous reports by human rights activists that she had been transferred to the famous Qarchak prison.
The prison is sometimes used as a punishment for Iranian political prisoners and the conditions were described by ex-inmates as frightening.
What is the situation of Mrs. Moore-Gilbert?
Moore-Gilbert, a policy professor in the Middle East, spent nearly two years sleeping on the floor of a cell in Evin prison, in the capital, Tehran, according to a friend.
She was held in solitary confinement and went on a hunger strike several times, and was reportedly beaten for trying to comfort new prisoners by passing notes and writing to them on the prison walls.
“Qarchak prison is where ordinary prisoners are. It is overcrowded and some of them are dangerous,” said Hadi Ghaemi, director of the Human Rights Center in Iran.
Referring to a previous statement by Moore-Gilbert that she had rejected an offer of freedom in exchange for becoming a spy for Iran, he added: “They are not satisfied with their resistance and their refusal to cooperate.”
A family friend told BBC World Affairs correspondent Caroline Hawley that Moore-Gilbert “feels abandoned”.
“The Australian government did not appear to have been very proactive – she did not have the money to buy basic provisions for herself in prison,” they said.
According to the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, the Australian ambassador recently visited Moore-Gilbert in Evin prison and has been in telephone contact with her for the past few months.
What did she say about his confinement?
Moore-Gilbert told an Iranian human rights activist in a phone call earlier this week that he had not spoken to his family in about a month.
Lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh said
Reza Khandan, husband of human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh, said in a Facebook post that Moore-Gilbert was “in very bad shape”.
He wrote that she said to him, “I can’t eat anything, I don’t know, I am so disappointed. I am so depressed.”
The uncertain fate of binationals trapped in Iran
In letters smuggled out of Evin prison in Tehran in January, the speaker said he “was never a spy” and feared for his mental health. She said she rejected an offer from Iran to become a spy.
“I am not a spy. I have never been a spy and I have no interest in working for an espionage organization in any country.”
She also said she feared that her health “would deteriorate significantly”.
“I think I’m in the middle of a serious psychological problem,” she writes, compounded by “the ban on making phone calls with my family.”
Moore-Gilbert categorically maintains that she is “an innocent woman … imprisoned for a crime I did not commit”.
The Cambridge-trained scholar was traveling with an Australian passport and was detained at Tehran airport in 2018 while trying to leave after a lecture.
Last year, Anglo-Australian woman Jolie King and her Australian boyfriend Mark Firkin were released after being arrested in Tehran for apparently flying an unlicensed plane.
Anglo-Iranian charity worker Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe was arrested in Iran for five years in 2016 after being convicted of espionage charges she has always denied.