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Kavous Seyed-Emami: Iran environmentalist's death was suicide, Iran says

Kavous Seyed-Emami: Iran environmentalist's death was suicide, Iran says
From BBC - February 11, 2018

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

Kavous Seyed-Emami, 63, a dual Canadian national, was arrested last month.

His son said he did not believe he had taken his own life. And one of his colleagues said Iran's academic community was in shock.

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

The Centre for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI), a New York-based lobby group, also told the BBC the Iranian authorities had increased their targeting of dual nationals in Iran.

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

"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 prosecutor Abbas Jafari-Dolatabadi told the ILNA news agency.

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 news of my father's passing is impossible to fathom," he said in social media posts. "They say he committed suicide. I still ca not believe this."

The Iran Sociology Association also questioned the official account of his death.

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