Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Iranian-Canadian-Professor-Dies

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Iranian-Canadian-Professor-Dies

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TEHRAN, Iran - An Iranian-Canadian professor and environmentalist has reportedly died in prison in Iran.

Kavous Seyed-Emami taught sociology at Imam Sadiq University in Tehran and was also the director of Iran's Persian Heritage Wildlife Foundation.

According to his son, a musician who goes by the stage name King Raam, Seyed-Emami was arrested last month, and on Friday Iranian officials informed Raam's mother Maryam that Seyed-Emami had taken his own life while in detention.

In posts on Twitter and Instagram, Raam calls the news of his father's death "impossible to fathom."

Global Affairs Canada says it's "aware of these reports" and consular officials in Turkey are "providing assistance to the family of the Canadian citizen."

Hadi Ghaemi, director of the New York-based Center for Human Rights in Iran, told The Canadian Press the suicide claim is "highly questionable" and that the 63-year-old professor's family is pushing for an independent autopsy. …

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