Kuwait says ‘coup plot’ video tampered with

Updated 15 April 2014

Kuwait says ‘coup plot’ video tampered with

KUWAIT CITY: Kuwait’s prime minister told MPs Tuesday that a videotape allegedly showing former senior officials plotting a coup was “tampered with,” Parliament speaker Marzouk Al-Ghanem said after a secret session.
Local media have said the former officials in the videotape include a senior member of the ruling family, without giving details.
Prime Minister Sheikh Jaber Mubarak Al-Sabah “showed reports by specialized foreign sides affirming without doubt that the audio recordings and the videotapes which they examined had been tampered with and do not represent genuine and reliable copies,” Ghanem said. The reports also indicate that “parts of the audio recordings (on the videotape) had been removed,” the speaker said in a statement he read after the three-hour debate demanded by the prime minister and 15 MPs.
Ghanem said the videotapes were shown to MPs during the secret session and that parts of them were unclear.
The government informed Parliament that it will hand over all the tapes and related documents to the public prosecution, which is currently conducting an investigation, he said.


Iran says British-Australian academic freed for 3 Iranians

Updated 38 min 3 sec ago

Iran says British-Australian academic freed for 3 Iranians

  • It was not immediately clear when Moore-Gilbert would arrive back in Australia
  • Moore-Gilbert has gone on hunger strikes and pleaded for the Australian government to do more to free her

TEHRAN: Iran has freed Kylie Moore-Gilbert, a British-Australian academic who has been detained in Iran for more than two years, in exchange for three Iranians held abroad, state TV reported Wednesday.
The state TV report offered no further details Wednesday beyond saying that the three Iranians released in the swap had been detained for trying to bypass sanctions.
Moore-Gilbert was a Melbourne University lecturer on Middle Eastern studies when she was sent to Tehran’s Evin Prison in September 2018 and sentenced to 10 years. She is one of several Westerners held in Iran on internationally criticized espionage charges that their families and rights groups say are unfounded.
It was not immediately clear when Moore-Gilbert would arrive back in Australia. State TV aired video showing her with a gray hijab sitting at what appeared to be a greeting room at one of Tehran’s airports. She wore a blue face mask under her chin. The footage showed three men with Iranian flags over their shoulders — those freed in exchange for her being released. State TV earlier described them as “economic activists,” without elaborating.
International pressure on Iran to secure her 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.
Moore-Gilbert has gone on hunger strikes and pleaded for the Australian government to do more to free her. Those pleas included writing to the prime minister that she had been subjected to “grievous violations” of her rights, including psychological torture and solitary confinement.
Her detention has further strained relations between Iran and the West, which reached a fever pitch earlier this year following the American killing of a top Iranian general in Baghdad and retaliatory Iranian strikes on a US military base.