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  • Australian British academic Kylie More.

  • Gilbert, who was freed from an Iranian prison late last year, has spoken out about her ordeal for the first time.

  • She has revealed she contemplated suicide during her two year detention on espionage charges.

  • There are a few times in that early period that I felt broken.

  • I felt if I have to endure another day of this, you know if I could just kill myself.

  • But of course I never tried and I never I never took that step.

  • In an interview with Sky News Australia, the University of Melbourne academic explained what it was like to spend seven months in solitary confinement with only a telephone to communicate with prison guards.

  • The extreme solitary confinement room designed to break you.

  • It's psychological torture.

  • You go completely insane.

  • Um, it is so damaging.

  • I would say I felt physical pain from the psychological trauma I had in that room.

  • It's a two by 2 m box more.

  • Gilbert was detained in Iran in 2018 and sentenced to 10 years in prison.

  • She fought the sentence through a series of hunger strikes and in her most daring opposition.

  • The academic says she once attempted to escape.

  • She was eventually released in a prisoner swap for three Iranians who had been detained abroad.

  • The Middle East politics specialist denied any wrongdoing, rejecting Iran's allegations that she was working as a spy for Israel.

  • Now in Australia, she says she is focused on her recovery.

Australian British academic Kylie More.

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