A British-Australian professor who spent 804 days in Iran’s worst prisons has been arrested for first dating an Israeli, according to a report.
Dr Kylie Moore-Gilbert was released from custody on Thursday after the Australian government secretly arranged for a complex prisoner transfer involving the Thai government. Age reports.
The university lecturer was stopped at Tehran airport in 2018 on false charges that he was a spy.
The real reason why senior government and diplomatic officials are now detaining Moore-Gilbert is because Iranian officials have discovered that he was in love with an Israeli.
Dr. Moore-Gilbert was initially sentenced to 10 years in prison on espionage charges, which he and the Australian government have rejected.
Australian officials, including Foreign Minister Maurice Payne, have pursued a strategy of “peaceful diplomacy” over a period of twelve months and have not publicly commented on the case due to its importance.
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has refused to discuss any details of his release, saying he was safe and “relieved” on his way back to Australia.
“The practice of Australian governments must always deal with problems with the utmost prudence, as the cause protects the safety of all other Australians who may find themselves in difficult circumstances,” Morrison said.
Alan McKinnon, Australia’s ambassador to Thailand, has urged Thai authorities to release three Iranian terrorists accused of plotting to assassinate Israeli ambassadors in exchange for a lecturer at the University of Melbourne.
When Moore-Gilbert expressed “love and admiration for the great nation of Iran and its loving, generous and courageous people”, his family said they were “relieved and ecstatic”.