Detained Iranian-Canadian Activist Reportedly Dies In Tehran Prison


The Liberal government has said it wants to restore diplomatic relations, even after Iran arrested retired Canadian-Iranian professor Homa Hoodfar, who was after months in Evin prison.

Until then, Sadri said he will continue to mourn Seyed-Emami's death and remember his passion and love for the outdoors and hiking.

On Instagram, Raam said Iranian authorities said Emami had committed suicide in jail.

"A group of those who gathered strategic intelligence and handed it over to foreigners have been identified. The case is at its initial stage and details can not be disclosed", Gholamhossein Esmailie, the head of Tehran's judiciary department, told ILNA on Sunday.

A friend of an Iranian-Canadian academic who died in an Iranian prison disputes Tehran's claim that he took his own life.

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

Mr Emami's friend and former sociology colleague at the University of Lethbridge said his death was a "profound tragedy".

'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.

"So given Kavous was 63 years old, I am very concerned".

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In 2003, an Iranian-Canadian photographer, Zahra Kazemi, was beaten to death in Evin prison after she was detained while taking pictures.

Iran entered the new year with nationwide protests sweeping across 75 cities and towns.

"He was one of the best professors".

Meanwhile Ali Shakourirad, head of the reformist Islamic Union Party, tweeted that the death had "caused a wave of questions and concerns among the public". He had a quite eclectic set of interests from economics, politics, very much the environment, he was a very well-rounded sociologist.

"The incomplete and vague information of the Tehran prosecutor added more questions".

There is now no Canadian embassy in the country and there are no official diplomatic relations between the two nations.

Ghaemi said Seyed-Emami was a founder of the group, which he called "the leading environmental NGO in Iran", and he was detained along with almost a dozen other members.

Iran does not recognize dual nationality and treats those arrested as Iranian citizens.

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.