Kylie Moore Gilbert: Prison lecturer in Tehran denies offer of espionage from Iran
- January 22, 2020
- Andrew S Gillis
A British-born Australian woman imprisoned in Iran says she rejected Iran’s offer of espionage.
Kylie Moore Gilbert, a lecturer at Melbourne University, has been in Tehran’s jail since September 2018. He has been sentenced to ten years in prison for espionage.
In letters sent from Tehran’s jail, he said he was “never a spy” and feared he would become mentally ill.
They say they are not allowed to meet anyone, nor are they allowed to listen to the phone and have been held in a very strict prison cell.
What did Dr Moore write in the letters?
The Guardian newspaper says Middle East affairs expert wrote to the Iranian authorities from June to December 2019.
In a letter to his ‘case manager’, he angrily rejected the offer to spy on Iran.
“Please consider this letter an official and definite refusal of my offer to spy on the Intelligence Branch of the Iranian Revolutionary Revolution.”
He further wrote, ‘I am not a spy. I was never a spy and I have no interest in spying, for any country or any organization. ‘
In other letters, she writes, ‘My health has deteriorated drastically. I have been taken to the hospital twice and taken to the prison hospital six times.
“I think I have serious mental problems and it’s getting worse because of the restriction of phone calls from my family.”
Why were they imprisoned?
A Cambridge-educated specialist was travelling on an Australian passport when he was detained at Tehran Airport in 2018 as he was returning after a conference.
According to the Guardian, he was secretly tried on charges of espionage and kept in solitary confinement in a prison cell of the Revolution.
According to the newspaper, he spent several months in solitary confinement in a small cell.
According to Dr Moore Gilbert’s profile on the University of Melbourne’s website, he is a lecturer in Islamic Studies and the Arab states are the focus of his work.
According to the Australian Foreign Minister, he has called on Iran to release Dr Gilbert but has not received any response from Iran.
It is to be noted that in recent years, many people who have had dual nationality, both Iranian and foreign, have been detained in Iran.
In October last year, a British Australian woman, Julie King and her boyfriend, Mark Ferkin, were released from prison. They were accused of the flying drone without permission. Australia had released an Iranian student from prison during that time.
Nazanin Zaghari Ratcliffe, an Iranian-born British activist, has been in Iranian prisons for three years on charges of espionage. She denies the allegations.