A BRITISH lecturer locked up in a notorious Iranian prison alongside UK blogger has been named as Kylie Moore-Gilbert.
Dr Moore-Gilbert, who also has Australian nationality, is reportedly serving a ten year sentence in Evin Prison, alongside Jolie King and her partner Mark Firkin, who were held for flying a drone.
Jolie King and Mark Firkin have been documenting their travels in a blog[/caption]
The Cambridge-educated academic who is now a lecturer in Islamic Studies at Melbourne University, has been the Tehran prison for almost a year after facing unknown charges.
The Australian Government has said it is lobbying Tehran to ensure all three are appropriately cared for.
Building designer Jolie was seized with her Australian partner in July for allegedly flying the gadget without a licence near the capital.
The British-Australian vlogger had been documenting her travels around the world on social media and YouTube while raising money on crowdfunding site Patreon.
Jolie and Mark were arrested after quitting their jobs in Perth, Australia and have been held for ten weeks now.
The pair were mid-way through an epic drive from Australia to the UK where Jolie’s dad Mike King was born and raised in Essex.
Evin prison is the main detention centre for Iran’s political prisoners.
It also houses Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, a 41-year-old British-Iranian mother of one who is midway through a five year sentence on spying charges which began in 2016.
A woman jailed at the prison has called it a “black hole of evil”, with claims of torture and brutality from guards.
Sources said Jolie and Mark were seized by authorities in July and are being used as bargaining chips for Negar Ghodskani, 40.
The Iranian had been living in Australia before she was arrested for trying to dodge sanctions then extradited to the US.
She admitted conspiracy to evade US sanctions and illegally export controlled technology last month and has had a baby since being locked behind bars.
Iranian authorities told Jolie she was being held in the hope of a prisoner swap, according to The Times.
Dr Moore-Gilbert’s LinkedIn profile shows her first degree came in Middle Eastern Studies at Cambridge, where she also completed her Master of Arts.
After relocating to Australia, in 2017, she completed her PhD in Gulf politics at the University of Melbourne in 2017.
In January last year, she took up a post as a lecturer in Islamic Studies at the University of Melbourne, where she worked until her imprisonment in Iran, believed to have happened around October, 2018.
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News of the three prisoners this week has come amid a downturn in relations between Britain and Iran, sparked by issues including the Royal Marines’ seizure near Gibraltar in July of an Iranian oil tanker, the Adrian Darya 1.
Iran responded by seizing British-flagged oil tanker the Stena Impero in what was another chapter in a campaign of interfering with shipping in the Strait of Hormuz.
While Britain released the Adrian Darya 1, the Stena Impero is still being held by Iran.
Their globe-trotting took them across Asia, including the Hunza Valley in Pakistan[/caption]
The couple quit their jobs and decided to travel the world together[/caption]
Negar Ghodskani, currently being held in the US, is reportedly the Iranian woman Tehran want to swap with Jolie[/caption]
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