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University of Queensland student arrives in Tehran after avoiding US extradition

Attorney-General Christian Porter said in a statement on Saturday that he had decided that “in all the circumstances of this particular case, Mr Dehbashi Kivi should not ultimately be extradited to the United States”.


“My decision was made in accordance with the requirements of Australian domestic legal processes and is completely consistent with the powers provided to the Commonwealth Attorney-General under our law,” Mr Porter said.

Iranian state TV aired footage on Saturday of the University of Queensland PhD student arriving home in Tehran.

Mr Kivi’s release came as two Australian bloggers, Mark Firkin and Jolie King, returned home after spending more than three months detained in Iran for allegedly flying a drone over a military precinct near Jajrood in Tehran province without a permit.

The pair’s release was secured as part of an apparent prisoner swap deal between the Morrison government and Tehran.

“We know there are others who remain in detention in Iran, including a fellow Australian, and believe intense media coverage may not be helpful for efforts to bring them home,” the couple said in a statement in which they requested privacy as they sought to return to their “normal lives”.

The government is continuing to seek the return of a third Australian, Melbourne University lecturer Dr Kylie Moore-Gilbert, who has been in detention for a year, having reportedly been handed a 10-year sentence. The precise nature of the charges is unknown.

“We believe that the best chance of securing Kylie’s safe return is through diplomatic channels,” Dr Moore-Gilbert’s family said in a statement last month.

“We will not be making any further comment and would like to request that our privacy – and that of our wider family and friends – is respected at this time.”

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