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Iranian scholar and environmental activist dies in prison

Kavous Seyed-Emami Kavous Seyed Emami is shown in undated screen grab image from YouTube
Ellis Copeland | 12 February, 2018, 05:55

He added: "I still can't believe this". They made similar and highly questionable claims regarding two other recent deaths that occured in custody in Tehran and Arak.

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", the statement reads in part.

The Tehran Prosecutor General, Abba Jafari Dolotabadi, has said members of the group were arrested for gathering classified intelligence in strategic areas under the guise of scientific and environmental work.

Government officials arrested Kavous Seyed Emami, an Iranian-Canadian dual citizen who headed the Persian Wildlife Heritage Foundation, on January 24 along with seven others members of the organisation.

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

Iranian lawmaker Ali Shakourirad, head of the reformist Islamic Union Party, called on justice officials in a tweet to be more transparent, saying that the death had "caused a wave of questions and concerns among the public".

The prosecutor said Seyed-Emami, also an environmentalist, was accused of espionage and committed suicide after confessing his crimes while in prison.

"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.

Seyed-Emami is the second Iranian-Canadian to die in prison in Iran following the murder of 54-year-old photojournalist Zahra Kazemi in 2003.

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In particular, they were to investigate the death of Sina Ghanbari who died in custody in Evin Prison on January 7, 2018, in an alleged suicide according to the official account.

An academic who knew Mr Seyed-Emami told AFP news agency the Iranian academic community was "in shock".

He said the news of the professor's passing leaves him "floored". He had a quite eclectic set of interests from economics, politics, very much the environment, he was a very well-rounded sociologist.

He had taught sociology for decades at Tehran's Imam Sadegh University, considered a hard-line institution where future leaders of the Iranian establishment are trained. "Why doesn´t the judiciary give out information in time and transparently?" he wrote.

The Iranian authorities told Mr Seyed-Emami's wife he had died in Evin prison on Friday, Mr Seyed-Emami's son Raam Emami said.

The vice-president at the time, Mohammad Ali Abtahi, stated she died from "a brain haemorrhage caused by a beating".

That case weighed on Iranian-Canadian relations for years.

They included Niloufar Bayani, Morad Tahbaz (an Iranian-American dual national), Sepideh Kashani, Houman Jowkar and Taher Ghadirian. After a landmark nuclear deal between Iran and world powers in 2015, Canada announced the lifting of economic sanctions on the country and said it was reviewing its wider relations.

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