Kylie Moore Gilbert — the Australian academic who spent 804 days in an Iranian jail before being freed, has thanked Scott Morrison for “helping get me out of a tight spot”.
The University of Melbourne lecturer, who spent more than two years in three-metre by two-metre cell in solitary confinement, was released last November.
She was less than one-third into a 10-year prison term after being convicted of espionage when a series of complex, highly-sensitive diplomatic negotiations between Australian and Iranian officials secured her her freedom.
In a tweet posted today, Dr Moore-Gilbert revealed she met the Prime Minister last week and shared a photograph of them standing together at Mr Morrison’s Sydney home.
“Last week I had the genuine pleasure of meeting @ScottMorrisonMP and his lovely wife Jenny,” she wrote.
“He was warm, open, frank and well-informed about the details of my case, which he had no qualms about calling a hostage-taking.
“Thanks for helping get me out of a tight spot ScoMo!”
Late last year Dr Moore-Gilbert detailed some of the horrific experiences another prisoner had endured while in the Iranian jail.
“She is blindfolded every time she leaves her small, cold, empty cell. She is even masked and blindfolded when taken to the outdoor ‘exercise’ area,” she recalled.
“If she refuses, she will be handcuffed and dragged there by force. No one has heard from her since her transfer.”
Dr Moore-Gilbert was detained in September 2018 after going to a a conference in Qom in Iran the month before.
After being put through a secret trial, she was convicted of espionage and sentence to 10 years in prison — some of which she served out in the notorious Qarchak prison.
Her freedom, co-ordinated by the Australian Government and Thai authorities, was granted in exchange for three Iranian prisoners who were being held in Thailand at the time.