Iranian-Canadian who died in prison: Ottawa demands the return of his widow

News 8 March, 2018
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    Thursday, march 8, 2018 04:11

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    Ottawa has called in the night from Wednesday to Thursday, the authorities in Tehran to leave to return to Canada the widow of a scholar and an iranian-canadian who died in prison in February.

    “I am outraged to learn that Maryam Mombeini, widow of Kavous Seyed Emami, has been prevented from leaving Iran tonight”, written asked by chrystia Freeland, minister of foreign Affairs of Canada, on his Twitter account.

    “We demand, that, as a Canadian, (he is allowed) to return to Canada,” adds Ms. Freeland.

    Ms. Mombeini would have been prevented Wednesday to leave Tehran on board an aircraft of the German Lufthansa to Canada, via Germany, with his son Ramin, and Mehran.

    “Enough is enough”, written on his account Instagram Ramin Seyed Emami, alias “King Raam”, the stage name of singer, by posting a photo of his brother and him to board the plane.

    It alerts the authorities in Tehran do not believe that his brother and (he will) keep the silence for a second, that (their) mother and (they) will not be reunited”.

    Academic and ecologist, Kavous Seyed Emami, died in Evin prison in Tehran in February. Arrested in January and accused of espionage, he committed suicide in his cell, according to the iranian authorities.

    This version of the facts is called into question by the family, who is said to have been threatened by the authorities.

    After the announcement of his death, the canadian government had urged Iran to provide explanations on the circumstances of the death, deemed suspicious by organizations of defense of Human rights.

    Director of the Foundation for wildlife Persian, non-governmental organization that leads a programme for the preservation of the last cheetahs of Asia was accused by Tehran of spying of the intelligence services of israel and the u.s. under the guise of its ecological activities.

    Iran does not recognize dual citizenship and denies dual nationals consular protection granted to foreign nationals.

    Iran and Canada have no diplomatic relations since 2012. In the midst of crisis around of the iranian nuclear issue, Ottawa had this year closed its embassy in Tehran and expelled iranian diplomats present in Canada.