British-Australian Prisoner Released by Iran in Prisoner Exchange

Iranian state media announced that the British-Australian scholar, Kylie Moore-Gilbert, was released in return for three Iranians who were detained in Thailand for bomb plot charges.

Iranian state media announced that the British-Australian scholar, Kylie Moore-Gilbert, was released in return for three Iranians who were detained in Thailand for bomb plot charges.

Thai officials confirmed that they have already approved the transfer back to Tehran of three Iranians who were involved in a botched 2012 bomb plot for Gilbert who was detained for alleged espionage since 2018.

Chatchom Akapin, Thailand’s deputy attorney general, explained that Thai authorities had approved the transfer of the prisoners under an agreement with Iran but did not say it was exactly a prisoner swap or whether Australia was involved. 

Australia, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said he was “thrilled and relieved” that Moore-Gilbert had been released but did not give further details.

Despite the lack of details about the release, Gilbert thanked the Australian government for her freedom.

 “I have nothing but respect, love, and admiration for the great nation of Iran and its warm-hearted, generous, and brave people. I came to Iran as a friend and with friendly intentions, and depart Iran with those sentiments not only still intact, but strengthened,” said Gilbert.

Television footage from the prisoner swap shown on state television in Iran featured the three Iranians whose identities were hidden.

The three were presumed to be  Saeed Moradi, Mohammad Khazaei, and Masoud Sedaghat Zadeh.

Editors Note: There was a lexical headline error In the story “IRAN-PRISONER-EXCHANGE” sent at: 26.11.2020 06:12. This is a corrected repeat.


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