Source: Dubai – Arabic.net
Kylie Moore-Gilbert writes that the first 10 months she spent in an isolated ward of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards in Evin prison in Tehran were “seriously harmful” to her mental health, according to extracts from The Guardian and Times.
“I am still banned from communications and visits, and I fear that my psychological state will further deteriorate if I remain in this detention facility, which is subject to too many restrictions,” she said.
She is serving a ten-year prison sentence for spying charges she denies.
“Please accept my letter as a formal and decisive rejection of your offer to work with the IRGC intelligence branch,” she wrote, according to The Guardian.
“I am not a spy. I have never been a spy and I am not interested in working with a spy organization in any country. When I leave Iran I want to be free and live a free life, not under extortion and threats,” she said.
The arrest of the academy was confirmed in September.
She was accused of “spying for another country,” but her family indicated at the time that she had been arrested months earlier.
Moore-Gilbert, a lecturer in Islamic studies at the University of Melbourne, noted that two different decisions were presented in response to her appeal, one for a 13-month ruling and the other for ten years.
She wrote that the months she spent in the solitary cell, where the lights remained lit throughout the 24 hours of the day, contributed to her transfer to the hospital.
“Over the past month, I have been admitted to the (special) care unit in the rest of God hospital twice and to the prison clinic six times,” she said.
“I think I have a serious psychological problem,” she added.
The academy that was educated at Cambridge University stated that the Iranian official for her file had issued her books “to pressure me psychologically.”
“In addition, I only had one four-minute phone conversation with my family,” she said, according to an excerpt in The Times.
It is reported that she is being held in the same prison as the British-Iranian Nazanin Zaghari Ratcliffe, who was the focus of a wide campaign demanding her release.