According to a report, a British-Australian professor who spent 804 days in one of Iran’s most infamous prisons was originally arrested for dating an Israeli.
Kylie Moore-Gilbert dr. He was released from custody on Thursday after the Australian government secretly organized a complex prisoner exchange involving Thailand, the Australian newspaper The Age writes.
The university lecturer was stopped at Tehran airport in 2018, allegedly a spy, according to false allegations.
According to senior government and diplomatic officials, the real reason for Moore-Gilbert’s detention was that Iranian officials found out she had a romantic relationship with an Israeli citizen.
Dr Moore-Gilbert was originally sentenced to 10 years in prison for espionage charges, which he and the Australian government rejected.
Australian authorities, including Foreign Secretary Maris Payne, pursued a twelve-month “quiet diplomacy” strategy and, due to its sensitive nature, did not publicly comment on the case.
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison refused to discuss every detail of the release, saying only that he was “relieved” that he was safe and headed back to Australia.
“In order to protect the safety of all other Australians who could be in a potentially difficult situation, the practice of Australian governments has always been a matter of great discretion on issues,” Morrison said.
Australia’s Thai ambassador, Allan McKinnon, lobbied Thai officials for the release of three Iranian terrorists who allegedly planned to assassinate Israeli diplomats in exchange for a lecturer at the University of Melbourne.
According to his family, they were “relieved and ecstatic,” while Moore-Gilbert “expressed his love and admiration for the great nation of Iran and its warm-hearted, generous, and courageous people”.