British-Iranian academic detained in Tehran

British-Iranian academic detained in Tehran

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

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. 

His wife, Shafagh Rahmani, said he had not been officially charged, but prosecutors at Evin prison said that he faces a series of charges related to "his activities."

"At this moment I only ask [the judiciary officials] to allow me to meet my husband and talk to him on the phone," she told Iranwire website. "His activities have been transparent and open. The results of his work has been published in books and these books were published with the permission of the Ministry of Culture. I really have no idea why he has been arrested."

According to his Linkedin profile, Ahmady, who had studied at the London School of Economics, is "a scholar working in the field of social anthropology conducting research on topics related to local cultures, women and children, and the rights of minorities in the Middle East, with some work experience in Africa and the Far East," the Telegraph reported.