Kavous Seyed Emami was a man of the outdoors.
The 63-year-old environmental studies professor lived in the crowded metropolis of Tehran but spent weekends organising camping trips outside the city. His NGO, the Persian Wildlife Heritage Centre, was dedicated to protecting the world’s last 50 surviving Asiatic Cheetahs.
But Mr Emami’s last moments were spent trapped in a small cell in Tehran’s Evin prison, where Iranian officials said he hanged himself while being interrogated on suspicion of espionage.
Mr Emami was one of at least eight Iranian environmentalists arrested in recent weeks amid growing public anger over the state of the environment and the damage being caused to the natural world…
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