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    Iranian-Canadian academic’s death in Iran prison a ‘profound tragedy,’ says Alberta prof

    A colleague of Iranian-Canadian academic Kavous Seyed-Emami describes the professor’s death in prison in Iran as a “profound tragedy.”
    Trevor Harrison is a professor of sociology at the University of Lethbridge and sponsored Seyed-Emami when he came to the southern Alberta post-secondary institution on sabbatical from August to mid-December of last year.
    “He was a really interesting guy, very well read, very much a scholar. He had a quite eclectic set of interests from economics, politics, very much the environment, he was a very well-rounded sociologist,” Harrison said.
    “And I have to say, just a really nice gentleman. He was a warm and engaging individual, very kind and just a wonderful person to meet.”
    Seyed-Emami, 63, was a professor of sociology at Imam Sadeq University in Tehran and the managing director of the Persian Wildlife Heritage Foundation, which seeks to protect Iran’s rare animals.
    His son, musician Raam Emami, tweeted that his father was arrested on Jan. 24, and that the news of his death was released to his mother, Maryam, on Friday, Feb. 9.
    “I still can’t believe this,” he wrote.
    Raam and the New York-based Center for Human Rights in Iran say that authorities told Seyed-Emami’s family that he committed suicide in custody, something they described as suspicious following other detainee deaths.

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