The family of an environmentalist who died in an Iranian prison have called for a post-mortem, their lawyer said today, rejecting claims by officials that they had accepted the explanation of suicide.
He said the coroners office had also put in a routine request for a post-mortem.
Emamis family were informed on Friday that the renowned professor and founder of the Persian Wildlife Heritage Foundation had died in custody just over two weeks after being arrested on espionage charges.
Yesterday, Allaedin Borujerdi, head of parliaments national security and foreign policy committee, said the family had watched a film from his cell and accepted the official explanation that the 63-year-old had committed suicide.
"His family too have accepted this incident and so have not asked for an autopsy," he added.
However, the family's lawyer told Shargh: "I do not confirm Mr Borujerdis remarks that the family did not request a post-mortem."
Emamis son Ramin, a well-known singer, said on Instagram that the family had launched a legal complaint over the death.
He said the family was due to receive the body on Tuesday and that a funeral would take place in the village of Ammameh, 40 kilometres (25 miles) north of Tehran.
Asked about the family's reaction to the film, their lawyer said: "There are scenes showing Mr Seyed Emami in his solitary cell.
"Apparently it has been thought that Mr Seyed Emami committed suicide there but there is not enough evidence."
Seven other members of the wildlife NGO are still behind bars.
The environmental community has also been rocked by the apparent detention of Kaveh Madani, deputy head of the Environmental Protection Organisation, over the weekend.
He was back at work yesterday and released a cryptic message on social media saying: "I am safe".
A well-known water conservation activist trained in the United States, Madani was plucked in September from his job at Imperial College London to join the government, and was heralded as a symbol of President Hassan Rouhanis efforts to encourage the return of Iranians from abroad.
Emami is the second Canadian citizen to die in Irans prisons following the murder in 2003 of 54-year-old Zahra Kazemi, who had been arrested for taking photos outside Evin prison.
The vice-president at the time, Mohammad Ali Abtahi, stated she died from "a brain haemorrhage caused by a beating".
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