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Australia Asks Iran About Report Academic Moved From Prison

This image made from a 2017 video by The Modern Middle East shows Kylie Moore-Gilbert, a University of Melbourne scholar on the Middle East. 
Australia is seeking information from Iran on reports that the British-Australian academic who was convicted of espionage had been moved at the weekend from a prison to a mystery location, the foreign minister said on Monday, Oct. 26, 2020. (The Modern Middle East via AP)

This image made from a 2017 video by The Modern Middle East shows Kylie Moore-Gilbert, a University of Melbourne scholar on the Middle East. Australia is seeking information from Iran on reports that the British-Australian academic who was convicted of espionage had been moved at the weekend from a prison to a mystery location, the foreign minister said on Monday, Oct. 26, 2020. (The Modern Middle East via AP)

Australia is seeking information from Iran on reports that a British Australian academic who was convicted of espionage has been moved to a mystery location, the foreign minister said on Monday.

CANBERRA, Australia: Australia is seeking information from Iran on reports that a British Australian academic who was convicted of espionage has been moved to a mystery location, the foreign minister said on Monday.

Kylie Moore-Gilbert was a Melbourne University lecturer on Middle Eastern studies when she was arrested in Iran and sentenced to 10 years in prison in 2018.

She was moved in August to Qarchak Prison, east of Tehran, but the Iranian Association of Human Rights Activists reported she was moved to an unknown location on Saturday.

Foreign Minister Marise Payne said Australian Ambassador to Iran Lyndall Sachs had a consular visit with Moore-Gilbert at Qarchak a short time ago” and Australian officials are seeking further information on the reports she had been moved.

Australias Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade describes securing Moore-Gilberts release as an absolute priority.

Moore-Gilbert has gone on hunger strikes and pleaded for the Australian government to do more to free her. Those pleas include writing to the prime minister that she had been subjected to grievous violations of her rights, including psychological torture and solitary confinement.

Jessie Moritz, a friend of Moore-Gilbert, said the certainty was stressful.

It is very concerning not to know where she is, Moritz told Australian Broadcasting Corp.

We are probably not going to know for another couple of days which is going to be a stressful period of just waiting and hoping, Moritz added.

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