By Iran Probe Staff
Monday, 12 February 2018
Dr. Kavous Seyed Emami, a dual national (Iranian-Canadian) 64, a sociologist and university professor and former managing director of the Persian Wildlife Heritage Foundation, who was arrested along with five other environmental activist two weeks ago, lost his life in a prison in Iran.
Mr. Seyed Emami, a faculty member at Imam Sadegh University, completed his studies at the University of Ohio and Oregon in the United States and in 1370 he was a doctorate in sociology. He was the author of nine books and dozens of articles and researches, including the book "Political Science Research; Positive, Interpretative, and Critical Approaches".
His son, Ramin Seyed Emami, on Saturday wrote on Instagram and Twitter, “My father's death, Kavous Seyed Emami, is unbelievable to me. Kavous was arrested on February 4 and suddenly, my mother, Maryam Mombini, was summoned to the courthouse on Friday 9 February 2018 and informed her of the death of her husband. They say that he has committed suicide ... I still do not believe, we will not.”
“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 Jafari-Dolatabadi told the state news agency ILNA.
Report on the death of an environmental activist, only two weeks after the arrest, is at the time that, recently, after hundreds of detainees were arrested during the nationwide uprising this year, reports of the deaths of some detainees in detention centers were released and even some parliamentarians warned of the possibility of the occurrence of "Kahrizak II".
In addition to Kavous Seyed Emami, two of his colleagues at the Persian Wildlife Heritage Foundation, Houman Jokar, a dual national (Iranian-American), the director of Asian leopard project, and Murad Taahbaz, an environmental activist and cultural heritage, have also been arrested.
It is also said that houman Jokar's wife, Niloufar Baniyani, and Kaveh Madani, the international vice president of innovation and social-cultural contribution of the organization of environmenta protection, are among the detainees.