Kylie Moore-Gilbert: academic ‘terrified’ and suffering inside Iran’s Qarchak women’s prison

Kylie Moore-Gilbert: academic ‘terrified’ and suffering inside Iran’s Qarchak women’s prison

  • Exclusive: sources inside Qarchak say British-Australian lecturer is unwell as friends and colleagues condemn government’s strategy

Kylie Moore-Gilbert was tearful, terrified and unwell inside Qarchak women’s prison before she was forcibly moved from quarantine into the general prison population, sources inside the jail have said.

Details of Moore-Gilbert’s condition emerged as friends and colleagues publicly condemned the Australian government’s “quiet diplomacy” strategy, which they argue has failed to help her.

The British-Australian academic, who is nearly two years into a 10-year sentence in Iran for espionage, was suddenly moved from Tehran’s Evin prison to Qarchak, a desert facility 35km south-east of the capital, at the weekend.

The Guardian has heard a recording of Moore-Gilbert’s voice from Qarchak, where, speaking Persian, she says: “I can’t eat anything. I feel so very hopeless… I am so depressed.”

The recording has been verified with colleagues of Moore-Gilbert’s.