British-Australian academic, Kylie Moore-Gilbert transferred to remote desert prison in Iran

British-Australian woman serving 10 year prison sentence in Iran for espionage has been transferred to a notorious Qarchak prison in the desert.

The jail is sometimes used as punishment for Iranian political prisoners and described as dreadful for inmates.

Kylie Moore-Gilbert, a lecturer at Melbourne University was tried in secret and strongly denies all the charges against her.

The Cambridge-educated academic was travelling on an Australian passport and was detained at Tehran airport in 2018 as she tried to leave following a conference.

The Australian government has said it holds Iran responsible for Ms Moore-Gilbert’s “safety and well-being” and is “urgently seeking access” to her.

Moore-Gilbert, a lecturer in Middle East politics, had spent almost two years sleeping on the floor of a cell at Evin prison in the capital, Tehran.

She started her prison term in September 2018. Moore has been in solitary confinement and on several hunger strikes, and she is said to have been beaten for trying to comfort new prisoners by passing notes and writing to them on prison walls.

Moore-Gilbert had rejected an offer of freedom in return for becoming a spy for Iran.

According to the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, the Australian ambassador visited Ms Moore-Gilbert in Evin prison recently and had been in telephone contact with her over the past few months.