An Australian-British academic who is serving a prison sentence in Iran has been located after mysteriously going missing.
Kylie Moore-Gilbert was recently moved from Iran’s notorious Qarchak prison to an unknown location.
Her worried friends and colleagues are now relieved that she has been found.
Australian government officials have been informed by Iran’s government that Ms Moore-Gilbert has been moved to Evin Prison.
This is the correctional facility where she was originally sent after being arrested in Tehran in 2018 and convicted for espionage in a secret trial.
The Islamic studies lecturer was sentenced to 10 years prison, despite no evidence of her alleged crimes having been publicly presented.
It is understood Australian officials have been in regular contact with their Iranian counterparts and have been seeking clarity since Monday’s announcement by a human rights group Ms Moore-Gilbert had been taken from Qarchak.
A group of friends and colleagues advocating for her release said in a statement the news Ms Moore-Gilbert had been found came as a relief.
“But make no mistake: this is not a victory, nor does it suggest that progress is being made in Kylie’s case,” the FreeKylieMG group wrote.
“Our hearts break thinking about how psychologically difficult this return to Evin prison must be for Kylie, and how lonely and abandoned she must feel. Despite being so strong and brave for the last 778 days, she is still so far from freedom. This is nothing more than a return to the status quo.”
Ms Moore-Gilbert was stopped from returning back to Melbourne, where she is a lecturer in Islamic Studies at the University of Melbourne, after attending a conference in Qom in Iran in August 2018.
The country’s Revolutionary Guard alleged that a person she interviewed for a research project was suspicious and refused to let her leave Iran.