Iran Arrests Another British-Iranian Dual National

Elias Hubbard
August 17, 2019

British-Iranian anthropologist Kameel Ahmady has been detained in Tehran on unspecified allegations.

Mr Ahmady has researched female genital mutilation and child marriage in Iran, among other subjects.

Iranian and British authorities have not publicly commented on Ahmady's arrest, which comes amid tensions between Tehran and London over the seizure of a British-flagged tanker by Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) for alleged marine violations.

Earlier this yr, the United Kingdom global workplace suggested all twin nationals in opposition to all journey to Iran due to the danger of arbitrary detention.

Skilled web sites in Mr Ahmady's identify establish him as "British-Iranian initially from Kurdistan". His LinkedIn profile says he studied at a number of United Kingdom universities, including the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE).

Ahmady, an Iranian Kurd who was born in Mahabad, was granted British citizenship in 1994 but had been living in Iran for the last 14 years.

Officers in each nations are but to verify he has been taken into custody.

In an interview with BBC Persian, his wife Shafaq Rahmani alleged security agents came to the couple's house and "took away documents, including his ID card".

Rahmani first reported her husband's arrest in an Instagram post on August 13, where she said that a court at Tehran's Evin prison had issued an order for his detention for one month.

The prosecutors have refrained from telling Ms. Rahmani the nature of the charges her husband might face.

Iran doesn't recognise twin nationality and there are not any actual figures on the variety of detainees who're additionally worldwide nationals.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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