Saturday, April 29, 2006

Iranian-Canadian Detained in Iran

Globe and Mail:
The Foreign Affairs department says a Iranian-Canadian professor has been arrested in Iran. Spokeswoman Marie-Christine Lilkoff says Foreign Affairs is aware of the detention of the Canadian-Iranian national. She adds that consular officials in Iran are in touch with the man's family and providing assistance.

She would not reveal the man's name or any other details, citing privacy concerns.

The news emerged on the same day the International Atomic Energy Agency reported Iran has defied a UN Security Council call for a freeze on enriching uranium, calling its lack of co-operation with nuclear inspectors a “matter of concern.”

U.S. President George W. Bush says “the world is united and concerned” about Iran's capacity to make nuclear weapons.

In 2003, Montreal photojournalist Zahra Kazemi died in custody in Iran after being arrested for taking pictures outside a Tehran prison. An Iranian appeal court has ordered a new investigation into her death. READ MORE