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Iran Confirms Arrest of British Computer Science Professor

By BBC News

April 30, 2018

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A British-Iranian academic has been arrested in Iran, the country has confirmed.

A spokesman for Iran's judiciary told state media that Abbas Edalat had been arrested on security charges.

Edalat, a computer science professor at Imperial College London, was reportedly detained on 15 April while attending an academic workshop in Tehran.

On Thursday (26 April), an Iranian news agency reported that Edalat was part of a "network" of British spies whose members have been identified and arrested.

Edalat is a professor of computer science and mathematics. He had been a founder of an anti-war protest group that opposed sanctions in Iran.

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