This handout photograph released on February 11, 2018 by the family of Iranian-Canadian environmentalist Kavous Seyed Emami shows him at an unidentified location.(AFP/Family of Kavous Seyed Emami)
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Questions surrounded the death of a prominent Iranian-Canadian environmentalist Sunday after authorities claimed he committed suicide in prison a fortnight after his arrest.Iran's academic community was in shock over the death of Kavous Seyed Emami, 63, one of the country's most revered professors and head of the Persian Wildlife Heritage Foundation. Asked about the case on Sunday, Tehran's chief prosecutor Abbas Jafari Dolatabadi confirmed the death.Another man died after being arrested during protests in the city of Arak in central Iran. Local officials said he had stabbed himself to death. Emami is the second Iranian-Canadian citizen to die in Iran's prisons following the murder of 54-year-old Zahra Kazemi in 2003, who had been arrested for taking photos outside Evin Prison.The case overshadowed relations with Canada for years.Iran does not recognise dual nationality and treats those arrested as Iranian citizens only.
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