CANBERRA, Australia — Australia is seeking data from Iran on reports that a British Australian pupil who had been convicted of espionage was transferred to a mysterious place, the foreign ministry said on Monday.
She had been transferred in August to Qarchak Prison, east of Tehran, but the Australian Association of Human Rights Activists reported she had been transferred to an unknown place on Saturday.
Foreign Minister Marise Payne stated Australian Ambassador to Iran Lyndall Sachs needed a consular visit with Moore-Gilbert in Qarchak”a brief time ago” and Australian officials”are seeking additional information” about the reports she was transferred.
Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade explains procuring Moore-Gilbert’s launch as an”absolute priority”
Iranian state media and officials haven’t acknowledged Moore-Gilbert has been transferred. She’s one of many Westerners and double nationals held by Iran who activists and U.N. investigators consider is a systematic attempt to leverage their imprisonments in discussions with the West.
Moore-Gilbert has gone on hunger strikes and cautioned the Australian authorities to do more to spare. Those pleas contain writing to the prime minister that she was exposed to”grievous violations” of her faith, such as emotional torture and solitary confinement.
Jessie Moritz, a pal of Moore-Gilbert, stated the certainty was trying.
“We’re probably not going to understand for another few days that will be a trying period of just hoping and waiting,” Moritz added.