Academic 'drugged and beaten for forming a choir' in Iranian jail

Dual Australian-British academic serving 10 years for spying is ‘severely beaten and drugged for forming a protest choir’ in her hellish Iranian jail

  • Kylie Moore-Gilbert has reportedly formed a prison resistance choir in Evin jail 
  • Prisoners sing with her from throughout the jail in protest of the guard’s actions
  • Dr Moore-Gilbert was allegedly beaten while sending a message to an inmate
  • Sources claim the prison has authorised drugging her to keep her compliant 

A British-Australian academic serving a ten-year sentence for espionage has been beaten and drugged for forming a choir in her Iranian jail, sources claim.

Kylie Moore-Gilbert was left with wounds to her hands and arms and severe bruising all over her body after being attacked by guards.

She was beaten in retaliation for sending messages to new inmates, and for starting a prison choir which sang and hummed as a form of protest, sources close to her family told The Times.

Kylie Moore-Gilbert has reportedly formed a prison resistance choir in the notorious Evin jail

The former Islamic studies lecturer at University of Melbourne has since been drugged to keep her ‘compliant’, and now appears weak, incoherent and constantly ‘comatose’, one source said.

Dr Moore-Gilbert formed the ‘Evin Choir’ after turning down Iranian attempts to recruit her as a spy and smuggling out letters begging Prime Minister Scott Morrison for help.

‘She got huge respect from other prisoners for being so inventive in her defiance,’ a source said. 

Former Evin prisoner Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe’s husband Richard said Dr Moore-Gilbert’s prison conditions were hellish.

 Dr Moore-Gilbert was allegedly beaten by prison guards in the jail (pictured), leaving her ‘comatose’

‘She is being kept in solitary [confinement] at a level of abuse that’s egregious and the fact that the Iranian authorities are getting away with it is something that has shocked all the Iranian activists we’ve worked with,’ he said.

Dr Moore-Gilbert had reportedly attempted suicide multiple times after being left in unbearable conditions in the jail.

She has always maintained her innocence and The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade does not accept the charges against her.

In May, her family released a statement claiming she remains in ‘good health’, contradicting claims made she was struggling to adapt to life behind bars. 

‘She strongly denied reports that she has attempted suicide or that she is being tortured,’ they claimed.

Dr Moore-Gilbert was arrested while at an educational conference in September 2018 and later convicted of espionage

Dr Moore-Gilbert’s family claim she is in good health in the notorious jail. Pictured: Inmates sit outside of their bunks at Evin jail in June 2006

‘She seems to be in good health considering her situation. We love her and miss her. We ask that you continue to respect both Kylie’s and our privacy while we concentrate on getting her home.’

Dr Moore-Gilbert had reportedly felt ‘abandoned and forgotten’ and claimed Iran tried to recruit her as a spy. 

Letters smuggled out of Dr Moore-Gilbert’s cell in Evin prison, and seen by The Guardian, showed she begged to leave the restrictive unit where she served periods in solitary confinement.

Dr Moore-Gilbert claims she was shown two sentences, one which was 13 months long and another which said she would remain behind bars for a decade.

 A source claimed Dr Moore-Gilbert is being held in hellish conditions in solitary confinement in the jail

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