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Canada wants answers after Iran prison death

AFP  |  Ottawa 

stepped up its demand for answers after the death of renowned Iranian-Canadian environmentalist Kavous Seyed Emami, who Iranian officials say committed suicide in prison.

Tehran's chief accused of being part of an set up by Israel's and the CIA.

"We are seriously concerned by the situation surrounding the detention and death of Seyed Emami," said in a statement, adding has "repeatedly" expressed concerns over the case.

"A Canadian has died. We expect the Government of to provide information and answers into the circumstances surrounding this tragedy," she said.

Freeland pledged "to use every means at Canada's disposal to seek further information."

Emami, 63, a of the Persian Wildlife Heritage Foundation, was buried on Tuesday in the village of around 40 kilometers (25 miles) north of the capital

Iranian officials say he committed suicide in his prison cell a fortnight after being arrested along with seven members of his non-governmental organization.

said yesterday the NGO was set up "about a decade ago" as a cover to collect "classified information in defense and missile fields."

He said was one of the main contacts for US agents and an had stayed at his home.

A post-mortem was carried out on Emami's body on Monday after family and colleagues raised doubts about his suicide.

Payam Derafshan, a for the family, told the agency that he had watched a video from the cell along with the family, which authorities have said proves he killed himself.

"Because there is not a good angle... the act of suicide is not clear," Derafshan told

On Monday, Omar Alghabra, Canada's to the minister of foreign affairs, expressed Canada's concern about the case and said "has asked Iranian authorities for answers.

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First Published: Wed, February 14 2018. 11:05 IST