Iran – The Iranian-Canadian professor who died in prison in Iran has committed suicide, Iranian parliamentarians said Tuesday.
The semi – official news agency ILNA quotes the chairman of the parliamentary committee on national security and foreign policy, Alaeddin Boroujerdi. The latter claims to have been informed of the suicide of Kavous Seyed-Emami by some elected officials, including moderates such as Deputy Speaker of Parliament Ali Motahari, who would have seen the images shot by security cameras.
Mr. Boroujerdi claims that Mr. Seyed-Emami’s family agreed that he committed suicide, and therefore did not request an autopsy.
The pictures would show Mr. Seyed-Emami taking off his shirt and getting ready to kill himself.
This version of the facts would have been confirmed at another semi-official agency, Fars, by the Deputy Chairman of the Parliamentary Committee on National Security and Foreign Policy, Hossein Naghavi Hosseini.
Mr. Hosseini adds that Mr. Seyed-Emami tried to make the guards believe he was sleeping.
On Saturday, Tehran prosecutor Abbas Jafari Dolatabadi announced the arrest of several people suspected of espionage under cover of scientific or environmental projects.
Canada’s Parliamentary Secretary for Consular Affairs, Omar Alghabra, has indicated on Twitter that Ottawa is concerned about the circumstances surrounding the death of Mr. Seyed-Emami. Canada asked Iran for explanations.