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Australian Foreign Minister Speaks to Iranian Counterpart About Jailed Australian Academic

Foreign Minister Marise Payne has spoken to her Iranian counterpart about an imprisoned Australian academic, after the woman begged the government to help release her from jail.

Senator Payne spoke to her counterpart on the sidelines of a conference in India, but would not elaborate on the pairs conversation about Dr. Kylie Moore-Gilbert, who has been sentenced to 10 years for spying.

“This is not a detention that we support, we dont accept the charges,” the minister told the ABC.

Marise Payne
Marise Payne
Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne speaks during a press conference at Parliament of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia, on Aug. 4, 2019. (Lisa Maree Williams/Getty Images)

Moore-Gilbert, a Melbourne University lecturer, has been held in the notorious Evin Prison in Tehran since October 2018.

She was convicted of spying and sentenced to 10 years jail. A recent appeal failed.

Moore-Gilbert has written letters while in prison that have been smuggled out and published by the Centre for Human Rights in Iran.

She wrote on Christmas Eve to say she had been kept in solitary confinement for extended periods, had been allowed only one three-minute phone call with her family in nine months and had undertaken five hunger strikes.

“I beg of you, Prime Minister Morrison, to take immediate action, as my physical and mental health continues to Read More – Source