3 Feb 2021

British academic jailed in Iran escapes to UK

Jailed British-Iranian academic sentenced to nine years in prison escaped Iran to the UK while he was awaiting a court appearance.

Jailed British-Iranian academic sentenced to nine years in prison escaped Iran to the UK while he was awaiting a court appearance.

Anthropologist Kameel Ahmady fled across the Iranian border. Mr Ahmady is now back in Britain and today he breaks his cover.

He faced multiple allegations and was sentenced in December for “working for a hostile government.” He tells Channel 4 News about his 100 days in solitary confinement, why he “made a decision and escaped” and why he decided to return to Britain.

(By Darius Bazargan)

Read Kameel Ahmady’s statement on his detention and escape here:

Seperately to the charges he faced and his subsequent escape, Mr. Ahmady has faced accusations of sexual misconduct in Iran. The Iranian Sociological Association, where he had an affiliation, expelled him last year, citing allegations from female colleagues. Mr Ahmady denies the allegations.