Iran confirms detention of British-Iranian academic

Kameel Ahmady has been detained (Image: Facebook)

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

A court in Iran has confirmed the arrest of an Iranian-British anthropologist over a suspected connection to foreign intelligence institutes.

The family of Kameel Ahmady announced he had been detained in August but this marked the first time Iran’s judiciary has acknowledged the arrest.

Judiciary spokesman Gholamhossein Esmaili said the case was in its initial stage - investigating alleged links between the academic and institutes affiliated with foreign intelligence services.

Meanwhile, another individual was sentenced to death by the same court on charges of spying for the United States.

Mr Esmaili said the defendant had appealed against the ruling and a final decision will be made by the appeals court.

Tensions have been rising between Iran and the West over the country’s nuclear programme since US president Donald Trump withdrew from an international treaty and imposed tough economic sanctions.

Iran has recently begun to stray from the agreement and warned it will take further steps if Europe cannot guarantee the ability to sell its crude oil on the global market.

Earlier this year, the seizure of a British-flagged oil tanker in the Persian Gulf sparked a weekend of meetings by the UK government’s emergency committee Cobra – the vessel has since been released.

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