A British-Australian woman serving a 10-year sentence in Iran for espionage has been transferred to a notorious prison in the desert, said officials.
Klylie Moore-Gilbert, a lecturer at Melbourne University, has been in jail since September 2018.
Moore-Gilbert was tried in secret and strongly denies all the charges against her.
The Australian government has said it holds Iran responsible for Moore-Gilbert’s “safety and well-being” and is “urgently seeking access to her.”
“Dr Moore-Gilbert’s case is one of the Australian government’s highest priorities, including for our embassy officials in Tehran,” said Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade on Tuesday.
The statement added that Iran had confirmed earlier reports from human rights activists that she had been moved to the notorious Qarchak prison. The jails is sometimes used as punishment for Iranian political prisoners and conditions have been described by former inmates as abysmal.