IRAN JAILS BRITISH-IRANIAN RESEARCHER FOR NINE YEARS FOR SUBVERSION


15/12/2020




Selin ATAY-TDO- British-Iranian anthropologist Kameel Ahmady was sentenced to 9 years in prison by the Tehran Revolutionary Court on charges of carrying out “subversive” research work.

Ahmady was also fined 600 thousand euros ($727,000), the amount he received from institutions ‘accused of overthrowing the Iranian government’ for investigating Iranian officials, Iran's semi-official news agency reported. “Ahmady has been accused of generating illegitimate income through the projects of international institutions seeking to bring down the country,” the Iran-based news agency quoted him as saying.

Although Iranian media and human rights groups have announced that Kameel Ahmady has been given a prison sentence, no official approval has yet been given for his prison sentence

Iranian-born British anthropologist Kameel Ahmady has conducted research on controversial issues such as child marriages and female genital mutilation in Iran. The investigator, who holds dual citizenship, was detained in August 2019 but released on bail three months later.

When Kameel Ahmady was detained, his wife told the New York-based Iranian Center for Human Rights that his work was independent and published with the government's approval. Human rights activists have accused Iran of detaining a large number of people with dual citizenship in an attempt to gain concessions from other countries.


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