An Aussie academic who was recently freed from a horror Iranian prison has met with the Prime Minister and thanked him for his help getting her out of a “tight spot”.
University of Melbourne lecturer Kylie Moore-Gilbert was released in November after spending more than two years behind bars over allegations of espionage.
Her return home was the result of sensitive, high-level diplomatic negotiations between Iranian and Australian officials.
Last week, Dr Moore-Gilbert met with Prime Minister Scott Morrison, she revealed in a tweet on Tuesday.
She wrote the Prime Minister was well-informed about her case and that he had referred to it as a “hostage-taking”.
The social media post included a photograph of the pair standing on the lawn at the Prime Minister’s Sydney residence Kirribilli House.
“Last week I had the genuine pleasure of meeting @ScottMorrisonMP and his lovely wife Jenny,” Dr Moore-Gilbert 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!”
Dr Moore-Gilbert was stopped from returning to Melbourne after attending a conference in Qom in Iran in August 2018.
She was accused of espionage and put through a secret trial, after which she was sentenced to 10 years prison, despite no evidence of her alleged crimes having been publicly presented.
She was been detained from September 2018, at times in the notorious Qarchak prison, which has been described as an unsanitary and insect-infested place where the sewage system frequently overflows and where COVID-19 has been running rampant.
Mr Morrison has previously described the work to free the academic as an “absolute high priority for our government”.
“We have always rejected her conviction and detention, and I join with all Australians in praising Dr Moore-Gilbert and her family for their courage, strength and patience as we have all worked tirelessly together to secure her release,” he said in November.