Thais that bind: secret mission ends Aussie’s torment

Original article by Ben Packham, Richard Ferguson
The Australian – Page: 1 & 11 : 27-Nov-20

It has been revealed that Australia’s director-general of national intelligence Nick Warner led a secret, year-long effort to secure the release of Melbourne University lecturer Kylie Moore-Gilbert after she had spent over 800 days in Iranian jails. Moore-Gilbert was released in a prisoner swap deal that involved Thailand releasing three Iranian terrorists; Moore-Gilbert had been serving a 10-year sentence on trumped-up espionage charges. Warner had been Australia’s ambassador in Iran during the mid-1990s and used his connections in Iran to help secure her release. Australia’s ambassador to Thailand, Allan McKinnon, lobbied that nation’s authorities to release the three Iranian terrorists.


Photos of captive Aussie at Iranian uni

Original article by Mark Schliebs
The Australian – Page: 1 & 5 : 20-Sep-19

University of Melbourne academic Kylie Moore-Gilbert, who has dual Australian-British citizenship, has been accused of "spying for another country" by Iranian authorities. News of her detention in Iran has only recently been made public, but it is understood she was arrested not long after she completed a course on Shia studies at the University of Religions and Denomination at Qom in Iran in August in 2018, and that she has been held in solitary confinement for about a year. Pictures taken of Moore-Gilbert just before she was arrested were used by the university in promotional materials.


Family of Iran prison detainee Kylie Moore-Gilbert pin hope on DFAT getting out of Iran

Original article by Samantha Dick
The New Daily – Page: Online : 15-Sep-19

University of Melbourne lecturer Dr Kylie Moore-Gilbert has been named as the third Australian currently being held in Iran’s Evin prison. Pouria Zeraati, who is the editor of Persian language broadcaster Manoto TV, says Moore-Gilbert was arrested in the 2018 summer, and that she is serving a 10-year jail sentence on unknown charges; Moore-Gilbert is understood to be in solitary confinement. Her family says they have been working closely with the Australian government to try to secure her release. Moore-Gilbert had been lecturing on Islamic studies at the University of Melbourne’s Asia Institute prior to her arrest.


Minister’s direct plea to Iran

Original article by Ben Packham, Paige Taylor
The Australian – Page: 1 & 6 : 13-Sep-19

Foreign Minister Marise Payne told parliament on 12 September that the federal government is making continued efforts to get three Australians released from jail in Iran. The three are Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, Jolie King and Mark Firkin, with King and Firkin arrested for flying a drone over a military installation. As part of the government’s efforts to get the three released, Payne flew to Bangladesh in the week ending 6 September to meet with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on the sidelines of the Indian Ocean Conference.