According to Mikrofonnews Agency (MHA), Amnesty International has criticized Iranian officials for refraining to send Emami’s body for independent autopsy, calling the decision an effort to hide evidence of a possible torture in the body.
Kavous Seyed Emami, Iranian-Canadian university professor and environment activist died in prison 20 days after he was detained by the Iranian security forces. Officials say he has committed suicide but his family and friends call the death suspicious.
“We will follow up the case seriously and if there is signs of torture in the body, as said by some sources, then the issue should be taken serious. We urge the government of Canada and the international community to put pressure on Iranian officials for allowing independent investigation in accordance with the international laws and rules”, said Magdalena Mughrabi, Deputy Director for the Middle East and North Africa at Amnesty International in a statement.
The professor’s son, musician Ramin Seyed-Emami who performs under the stage name King Raam, wrote on Instagram that his father had died following his arrest on Jan. 24. He wrote on his Instagram “The news of my father’s passing is impossible to fathom,” Rain Emami wrote. “I still can’t believe this.” The family has asked for an independent autopsy, he said.
Meanwhile, Tehran Prosecution office claims Emami, “was trying to get access to the secret and strategic information through environmental activities for spying, adding that he was detained as a result of the vigilance and observation of one of the country’s security agencies”.
The 63-year-old Emami, was professor of sociology at Imam Sadeq University in Tehran and the managing director of the Persian Heritage Wildlife Foundation. The New York based non-profit group, the Center for Human Rights in Iran has called the Iranian Judiciary responsible for the death of the Iranian-Canadian activist.