Australian-British Academic Returns to Australia Following Iran Prisoner Swap

Kylie Moore-Gilbert arrived in Canberra, Australia, on November 27, after being released from prison in Iran as part of an exchange for three Iranians imprisoned abroad, local media reported.

Kylie Moore-Gilbert, who lectures at Melbourne University and was traveling on an Australian passport, was detained at Tehran airport in September 2018 and accused of espionage on behalf of Israel. She was tried in secret and denied all charges against her, the ABC reported, before being handed a 10-year sentence by an Iranian court.

Iranian state media said Moore-Gilbert had been released in exchange for “an economic activist and two Iranian citizens who were detained abroad.” This video was released by Iranian state broadcaster IRIB and shows Moore-Gilbert boarding an airplane in Tehran. Credit: IRIB NEWS via Storyful