DUBAI – Iranian security officials have three environmentalists arrested on suspicion of espionage said judicial sources on Sunday. The arrests come a few weeks after a first wave of arrests and the death of a detained Iranian-Canadian environmentalist.
Archive view of the Iranian-Canadian professor Kavous Seyed-Emami.
After the earlier arrests, said Iranian officials that the activists of sensitive information gathered under the guise of scientific and environmental activities.
The youngest of the arrests took place after the death of Kavous Seyed-Emami, an Iranian-Canadian environmentalist and professor of sociology, who on January 24, was arrested and two weeks later in the prison died. The judicial authorities said that Seyed-Emami (63) had committed suicide.
The Centre for human Rights in Iran (CHRI), a non-profit organization out of New York, said that at least nine other staff members, and leaders of the organization of Seyed-Emami, on the same day were arrested.