British-Iranian academic Camel Ahmady is mysteriously arrested in Tehran
A double British-Iranian citizen has been arrested in Iran on unspecified accusations for fear that it could further damage relations between the two countries.
Camel Ahmady, a celebrated anthropologist, was detained on Sunday.
His wife Shafagh Rahmani said he was confronted with a series of indictments in Evin Prison, Tehran, related to & # 39; his activities, including studying human rights, child marriages and female genital mutilation in Iran.
Mrs. Rahmani added that her husband was not officially charged on Tuesday evening and that security agents had come to the couple's house to take documents, including his identity card.
She later said that a local court official confirmed that a temporary one-month order against Ahmady had been issued.
& # 39; They did not provide any information about the reason for the arrest or the charges against Camel & # 39 ;, Rahmani wrote on Instagram.
Ahmady was born in the western city of Mahabad and is an Iranian Kurd who received British citizenship in 1994.
Camel Ahmady, a celebrated anthropologist, was detained in Tehran on Sunday and there is fear that his arrest could damage relations between Iran and the UK
He lived in Iran for the past 14 years before his Sunday arrest.
There is a fear that the arrest may further damage relations between Iran and the UK, following tensions over tanker attacks in the Gulf.
Ahmady studied at the London School of Economics and is one according to his Linkedin profile & # 39; scholar working in the field of social anthropology and researching topics related to local cultures, women and children, and minority rights in the Middle East, with some work experience in Africa and the Far East & # 39;
In 2015, Mr. Ahmady published a study that suggested that tens of thousands of Iranian women had undergone female genital mutilation.
His groundbreaking study changed perception because before the release Iran was not seen as a country affected by FGM.
He told the Guardian in 2015: “I returned to Iran in 2005 to study FGM in my home country and I was immediately shocked when I discovered that this even happened to close relatives and relatives.
His detention evokes comparisons with the detention of another British-Iranian citizen, Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, who was arrested in 2016 for espionage.
He was arrested on charges for & # 39; his activities & # 39; including studying human rights, child marriages and female genital mutilation in Iran
In 2015, Mr. Ahmady published a study suggesting that tens of thousands of Iranian women had undergone female genital mutilation
Her husband Richard claims that Nazanin and other dual nationals are used as leverage as tensions between Iran and Western countries persist.
It comes when Gibraltar denied that an Iranian tanker near the British overseas territory is ready to be released.
A senior official said a report from the Iranian semi-official news agency Fars that the Grace 1 tanker left Tuesday night & # 39; not true & # 39; used to be.
The tanker was seized last month during a Royal Navy operation off the coast of Gibraltar, on the tip of southern Spain.
Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, 40, (photo) was arrested at Imam Khomeini Airport in Tehran while traveling with their young daughter in April 2016 and sentenced to five years in prison after being accused of espionage, a complaint she violently denies
It is suspected of violating European Union sanctions on oil missions to Syria, and its seizure has reinforced international tensions in the Persian Gulf.
Gibraltar said Tuesday that it was trying to de-escalate the problems with Iran since the detention.
In response to the seizure of Grace 1, Iran seized a tanker under the British flag.
On July 19, the Revolutionary Guard of Iran seized the British oil tanker Stena Impero in the strategic Strait of Hormuz for violating & # 39; international maritime rules & # 39 ;.
The tankers' affair has contributed to the deterioration of hostilities since Washington withdrew from an international agreement that curbed Iran's nuclear program and re-imposed economic sanctions.
Earlier this month, a warship from the Royal Navy departed to join a US-led task force to protect merchant ships from Iranian troops in the Gulf.
Type-23 frigate HMS Kent left Portsmouth Naval Base to take over duties in the Strait of Hormuz from Type 45 defender HMS Duncan.
The move came after the UK announced that it would participate in the initiative to protect shipping following the seizure of the Stena Impero by the revolutionary guard of Iran.
Earlier this month there were also warnings that Iranian ships acted as American and British warships to disrupt the GPS of oil tankers to take them off course.
The revolutionary guard has reportedly sent fake signals to merchant ships in the coalition in an attempt to accidentally enter Iranian waters.
Iranian forces use this unconscious invasion of their territory as a trick to seize the ships.
The US Department of Transportation's maritime administration issued the new warning to commercial shipping through the Strait of Hormuz and the Persian Gulf.
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