Freed Australian-British academic Kylie Moore-Gilbert on Thursday (Nov 26) said her release from jail in Iran ended a "long and traumatic ordeal", thanking those who campaigned for her freedom.
Kylie Moore-Gilbert, a lecturer at Melbourne University, had been detained in Iran since September 2018.
Worldwide pressure on Iran to secure Ms Moore-Gilbert's release has escalated in recent months following reports that her health was deteriorating during long stretches of solitary confinement and that she had been transferred to the notorious Qarchak Prison, east of Tehran.
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In letters that were smuggled out of Evin prison earlier this year, Ms Moore-Gilbert said she had turned down an offer to spy for the Iranian government in return for a reduced sentence.
Accompanied by another Western woman in a colorful headscarf, Moore-Gilbert wore a blue face mask tucked under her chin and a stoic expression. Later, footage showed Moore-Gilbert being escorted to a large grey van after nightfall.
Iranian state television released footage Wednesday of Moore-Gilbert in a gray head covering at what appeared to be Mehrabad International Airport in Tehran, according to the Associated Press.
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Iran's deputy foreign minister, Abbas Araghchi, welcomed the three Iranians at the airport.
Ms Moore-Gilbert has gone on hunger strikes and pleaded for the Australian government to do more to free her.
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