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Iran to allow Australian ambassador to meet jailed academic

July 31, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

Statement from Dr Kylie Moore-Gilbert??s family We have been and continue to be in close contact with the Australian Government. Our family thanks the Government and the University of Melbourne for their ongoing support at this distressing and sensitive time. We believe that the best chance of securing Kylie??s safe return is through diplomatic channels. We will not be making any further comment and would like to request that our privacy ?? and that of our wider family and friends ?? is respected at this time. //

Iranian authorities will allow an Australian ambassador to meet Kylie Moore-Gilbert, a British-Australian university lecturer who was jailed for spying, according to a news agency affiliated with the country's judiciary.

(CNN)Iranian authorities will allow an Australian ambassador to meet Kylie Moore-Gilbert, a British-Australian university lecturer who was jailed for spying, according to a news agency affiliated with the country's judiciary.

Moore-Gilbert, an academic at the University of Melbourne, has been detained in Iran since 2018.

A spokesperson for the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade confirmed to CNN that its ambassador to Iran will be allowed to make a consular visit to Moore-Gilbert "shortly. "

"Dr Moore-Gilbert's case is one of the Australian government's highest priorities, including for our embassy officials in Tehran," the spokesperson said.

She is now in the Qarchak women's prison, east of the capital, according to an Australian spokesperson.

Moore-Gilbert holds dual British and Australian citizenship, and is a fellow and lecturer in Islamic Studies focusing on politics in the Arab Gulf states, according to her biography on the University of Melbourne's website.

In 2019, Iranian judiciary spokesman Gholamhossein Esmaili said Moore-Gilbert had been "spying for another country. " A source with knowledge of the matter told CNN at the time that Moore-Gilbert had already been tried and sentenced to ten years in prison.

Last Christmas, Moore-Gilbert and Iranian-born French academic Dr. Fariba Adelkhah, who had also been imprisoned in Evin Prison, started a hunger strike together "in the name of academic freedom," according to a joint open letter they wrote shared by the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI).

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