British-Iranian Professor Abbas Edalat Arrested in Iran

Updated: Apr 26, 2019

Abbas Edalat, a British-Iranian professor at the Imperial College of London, has been arrested by security forces in Tehran, according to Iran's semiofficial news agency FARS.


Edalat was detained on April 15, 2018 and is believed to be in the custody of Iran's Revolutionary Guard (IRGC). Reports suggests that Edalat's home in Tehran was raided by the IRGC, and his belongings, including his computer and notebooks, were confiscated.


On April 26 Iranian authorities acknowledged for the first time that they were holding Edalat. An Iranian official told FARS that, "A member of a British-backed spy network has been arrested recently, with alleged connections to the sedition and renegade currents."


Edalat is accused of being part of a British-affiliated, antiIran group that allegedly launched espionage operations and had contacts with leaders of mass antigovernment protests in 2009.


Endangered Scholars Worldwide is gravely concerned over Edalat's detention. We call for letters, emails, and faxes respectfully urging authorities in Iran to investigate the situation, to guarantee Edalat's well-being in custody, to ensure that any charges or convictions related to Edalat's peaceful exercise of protected human rights are lifted, and to address his case in a manner consistent with the internationally recognized standards of due process, fair trial, and detention in accordance with Iran's obligations under international law.


Please send correspondence to the following:


Ayatollah Ali Khamenei The Office of the Supreme Leader Jomhouri Street Tehran Islamic Republic of Iran Fax: +98 21 644 11 Website: http://www.leader.ir/langs/en/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/www.Khamenei.ir Ayatollah Sadeqh Larijani Howzeh Riyasat-e Qoveh Qazaiyeh (Office of the Head of the Judiciary) Pasteur St., Vali Asr Ave., south of Serah-e Jomhouri Tehran Islamic Republic of Iran President Hassan Rouhani The Office of the President Palestine Avenue, Azerbaijan Intersection Tehran Islamic Republic of Iran Javad Zarif Minister of Foreign Affairs The Minister's Office Imam Khomeini Square Tehran Islamic Republic of Iran Fax: +98 21 66743149 Website: http://www.mfa.gov.ir F