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Detained Iranian-Canadian Activist Reportedly Dies In Tehran Prison

Kavous Seyed Emami Iranian-Canadian academic's death in prison in Iran is a 'profound tragedy,' says U of L professor
Kenny Thornton | 12 February, 2018, 05:55

"I still can't believe this", Raam Seyed-Emami said.

Activists say there have been other suspicious deaths among detainees that have been labelled as suicide.

The Iran Sociological Association, to which Seyed Emami belonged, questioned the government's official version of events.

'The information published about him is not believable, and we expect officials to respond and to provide the public with information concerning his death, ' it said.

"These individuals were gathering classified information in strategic fields under the guise of scientific and environmental projects", Dowlatabadi claimed on February 10, without providing further details.

The death of Seyed-Emami, a 63-year-old university professor and managing director of the Persian Heritage Wildlife Foundation, comes after reports of at least two other suicides by people arrested in a crackdown following week-long protests in late December and early January.

Mr Seyed-Emami ran the Persian Wildlife Heritage Foundation and was a sociology professor.

The death of Kavous Seyed-Emami, who was imprisoned by Iranian authorities in January, was reported by his son, Iranian musician Raam Emami, who said his mother was informed of Seyed-Emami's death on February 9.

"The Iranian judiciary and security agencies are not only silent about those who break the law and endanger the lives of prisoners, but in fact protect them as well", Ghaemi said.

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Mr Seyed-Emami is the second Iranian-Canadian dual national to die in prison in Iran.

Iran's judiciary says a prominent Iranian environmentalist in a Tehran prison killed himself because of the evidence against him in a spying case.

Another man died after being arrested during protests in the city of Arak in central Iran.

"He was one of the defendants in a spying case and unfortunately he committed suicide in prison since he knew that many had made confessions against him and because of his own confessions", Tehran's prosecutor Abbas Jafari-Dolatabadi told the semi-official ILNA news agency. "He had a quite eclectic set of interests from economics, politics, very much the environment, he was a very well-rounded sociologist", Harrison said.

"He was one of the best professors. On his return, he was called in several times" by the authorities. Shakourirad leads the reformist Islamic Union Party.

An Iranian official in Tehran said more arrests were expected in connection with Seyed-Emami's organization. "What is going on in this country?"

The vice-president at the time, Mohammad Ali Abtahi, stated she died from "a brain haemorrhage caused by a beating". Canada severed diplomatic relations with Iran in 2012, after its government criticised the Islamic republic's support for the Syrian regime, its "incitement to genocide" against Israel and its leaders' failure to account for their nuclear programme.

They included Niloufar Bayani, Morad Tahbaz (an Iranian-American dual national), Sepideh Kashani, Houman Jowkar and Taher Ghadirian.

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