RFL/RE – Mahmoud Sadeqi, an outspoken member of the Iranian parliament says that the deputy chief of Iran’s Department of Environment, Kaveh Madani, has been arrested.
In a February 11 tweet, Sadeqi quoted Department of Environment Chief Isa Kalantari as confirming that his deputy, Kaveh Madani, has been arrested.
Madani, a former lecturer at the Imperial College of London has been the Department of Environment’s deputy chief for international affairs and innovation since September 2017.
Madani was the deputy chairman of the Third UN Environment Forum’s Asia and Oceania group in Nairobi in November.
Iranian Students News Agency (ISNA) reported some eight weeks ago that the European Union for Geo-Sciences has introduced Madani as one of Europe’s four top scientists in 2016.
Reports about Madani’s arrest follows the detention of several environmental activists in Iran during recent weeks and the controversial death in custody of one of them, Dr. Kavous Seyyed-Emamy.
Iranian Labor News Agency (ILNA) quot