Canada wants answers after Iran prison death

Canada wants answers after Iran prison death

Responding to local media questions, the senior military advisor to Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said that the West had often used tourists, scientists and environmentalists to spy on the country.

His comments came after news that a leading Iranian-Canadian environmentalist, Kavous Seyed Emami, had committed suicide in prison after he was arrested along with other members of his wildlife NGO last month. We call on the Canadian government and the worldwide community to continue to place pressure on the Iranian authorities to allow an independent investigation into the circumstances of Dr Seyed-Emami's death in accordance with global standards.

Members of the Israeli public phoned the Israel Nature and Parks Authority to alert it to Facebook reports and pictures of a vulture with an Israeli identification ring and location transmitter captured by residents of the south Lebanese town of Bint Jbeil, a spokeswoman, Tali Tenenbaum, said. This and the continued detention of 81-year-old American-Iranian Baquer Namazi-against the advice of Iran's medical examiner and following two hospitalizations in two weeks-raises fears for Tahbaz as the US State Department works to confirm his arrest. "I still can't believe this".

Seyed-Emami was the managing director of the Persian Wildlife Heritage Foundation, which seeks to protect Iran's rare animals, and a USA -trained scholar in sociology.

Boroujerdi said Seyed-Emami's "family also accepted this, so they did not ask for an autopsy".

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On Saturday, Jafari-Dolatabadi said Iran's security forces had arrested several people who had been "gathering classified information in strategic areas. under the coverage of scientific and environmental projects".

Farideh Oladghobad, Iranian educator and reformist politician who is now a member of the Parliament of Iran representing Tehran, Rey, Shemiranat and Eslamshahr electoral district, refused to charge environmentalists with espionage.

"Several individuals came to Iran years ago under the guise of working to raise funds for Palestinians", he noted in a Farsi interview with ILNA. "We were suspicious of the route they chose", said Firuzabadi. We let them go, but kept what they were carrying.

He said different kinds of reptiles, including alligators, lizards and chameleons were found in their belongings. Iranian officials claimed they committed suicide or died because of "non-availability of narcotics" or "the excess use of narcotics". "Early this month, a black pigeon was caught bearing a blue-coated metal ring with invisible strings", the unnamed, but "informed source" told the daily.

"The parliament will hold a meeting with officials of the judiciary, the prison guard, the Revolutionary Guard, intelligence and the Environment Organization in the next few days", he added.

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