DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A British-Iranian anthropologist has been detained in Iran over unknown charges, his wife and activists said on Wednesday.
Kameel Ahmady is imprisoned in Tehran’s Evin prison, where other dual nationals detained by Iran’s paramilitary Revolutionary Guard are held, and is the first British citizen known to be held since Prime Minister Boris Johnson took office last month.
Ahmady was been held since Sunday, his wife Shafagh Rahmani said on Instagram. She said Ahmady faced a one-month detention order as unknown investigators pursue a case against him.
“There is no given information about his charges or why he was arrested,” she wrote.
The New York-based Center for Human Rights in Iran also spoke to Ahmady’s wife and confirmed his detention.
Iranian state media have not acknowledged Ahmady’s detention, which is common in the days immediately after such an arrest. Iran’s mission to the UN and the British Foreign Office did not respond to requests for comment on Wednesday.
Ahmady is just the latest dual national detained amid heightened tensions between Iran and the West over its nuclear programme. President Donald Trump unilaterally withdrew the US from the accord last year. Iran recently has begun inching away from the accord, warning it will take further steps if Europe cannot guarantee it the ability to sell its crude oil on the global market.