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Kylie Moore-Gilbert, a Cambridge-educated academic who was most recently a lecturer in Islamic Studies at Melbourne University, had previously been held in Tehran‘s Evin prison, having reportedly been given a 10-year sentence.

A British-Australian academic detained in Iran has been moved to a desert prison notorious for its poor conditions, a group of activists has said. Kylie Moore

She has previously published work on the 2011 Arab uprisings and on authoritarian governments.

The Centre for Supporters of Human Rights said Ms. Moore-Gilbert has been moved to Qarchak prison, citing information from Reza Khandan whose wife human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh is imprisoned in Evin.

In a Facebook post, Mr. Khandan said Dr. Moore-Gilbert was moved for “punishment”.

Letters smuggled out of prison and published in January revealed the lecturer’s fears for her mental health.

She said: “I’m taking psychiatric medications, but these 10 months that I have spent here have gravely damaged my mental health.

“I am still denied phone calls and visitations, and I am afraid that my mental and emotional state may further deteriorate if I remain in this extremely restrictive detention ward.”

She also appeared to suggest she had been offered the chance to become a spy.

“I am not a spy. I have never been a spy and I have no interest to work for a spying organization in any country,” she wrote. Read more

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The Centre for Supporters of Human Rights said Ms. Moore-Gilbert has been moved to Qarchak prison, citing information from Reza Khandan whose wife human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh is imprisoned in Evin. Kylie Moore-Gilbert, a Cambridge-educated academic who was most recently a lecturer in Islamic Studies at Melbourne University, had previously been held in Tehran.