Iran MPs confirm suicide of held Iranian-Canadian professor

AP News
Posted: Feb 12, 2018 1:56 PM

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iranian lawmakers confirmed that an Iranian-Canadian university professor committed suicide while he was in custody, semi-official ILNA news agency reported Monday.

The Monday report quoted the head of parliamentary committee on national security and foreign policy, Alaeddin Boroujerdi, as saying some members of parliament, including moderate deputy parliament speaker Ali Motahari, confirmed after watching CCTV footage from his time in custody in Tehran that Kavous Seyed-Emami committed suicide.

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

"The video showed that Seyed-Emami takes his shirt off and prepares for suicide", Boroujerdi said.

Boroujerdi added that considering that he was a university professor, he was kept in a proper cell. "Unfortunately, Kavos Seyed-Emami, for whatever reason, could not bear the prison conditions," he said.

T semi-official Fars news agency quoted spokesman of the parliamentary committee on national security and foreign policy, Hossein Naghavi Hosseini, as saying, "The issue is quite clear because prepares his shirt as a rope to commit suicide."

Hosseini added that Seyed-Emami to make it appear to guards that he was asleep.

On Saturday Tehran prosecutor Abbas Jafari Dolatabadi said authorities had arrested several unidentified people on suspicion of spying under the cover of implementation of scientific and environmental projects.

The chief justice of Tehran province, Gholam-Hossein Esmaili, described the case as being in its early stages in a Sunday report by ILNA.

"Some people who collected and transferred information to strangers were identified and some were arrested, and some might be arrested in the future," he said.