Thailand approves transfer of 3 Iranians as Australian freed

Thailand approves transfer of 3 Iranians as Australian freed
Iranian bomb suspect Mohammad Kharzei, right, listens to a Thai police officer in this Feb. 20, 2012 file photo as he is taken to verify the house where he and other Iranian compatriots rented in Bangkok. (AP)
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Updated 26 November 2020

Thailand approves transfer of 3 Iranians as Australian freed

Thailand approves transfer of 3 Iranians as Australian freed
  • Iranian state TV said Tehran released British-Australian Kylie Moore-Gilbert in exchange for three Iranians held abroad

BANGKOK: Thai officials say they have approved the transfer back to Tehran of three Iranians who were involved in a botched 2012 bomb plot.
The acknowledgement from Thailand on Thursday came as a 33-year-old Australian academic was freed by Iran after she was imprisoned for more than two years on spying charges. Thai officials did not go so far as to call it a prisoner swap or say what involvement Australia may have had in the arrangement.
Iranian state TV said Tehran released British-Australian Kylie Moore-Gilbert in exchange for three Iranians held abroad.
Chatchom Akapin, the deputy attorney general, told The Associated Press that Thai authorities have approved the transfer of the prisoners under an agreement between Thailand and Iran.
“These types of transfers aren’t unusual. We transfer prisoners to other countries and at the same time receive Thais back under this type of agreement all the time,” he said.


Gunmen shoot dead two Afghan women judges in Kabul

Gunmen shoot dead two Afghan women judges in Kabul
Updated 59 min 28 sec ago

Gunmen shoot dead two Afghan women judges in Kabul

Gunmen shoot dead two Afghan women judges in Kabul
KABUL: Gunmen shot dead two Afghan women judges working for the Supreme Court during an early morning ambush in the country’s capital Sunday, officials said, as a wave of assassinations continues to rattle the nation.
The attack on the judges happened as they were traveling to their office in a court vehicle, Ahmad Fahim Qaweem, a spokesman for the court told AFP.
“Unfortunately, we have lost two women judges in today’s attack. Their driver is wounded,” Qaweem said.
“The vehicle was transporting the women judges to their office.”
There are more than 200 female judges working for the country’s top court, the spokesman added.
Kabul police confirmed the attack.
“They were judges working for the Supreme Court,” said Jamshid Rasuli, spokesman for the attorney general’s office.
Violence has surged across Afghanistan in recent months, especially in Kabul where a new trend of targeted killings of high-profile figures have sown fear and chaos in the restive city.
The latest attack comes just two days after the Pentagon announced it had cut troop levels in Afghanistan to 2,500, their lowest numbers during the nearly two decades of war.