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Kameel Ahmady Sentenced To (More Than) 8 Years In Prison

December 13, 2010

My friend and colleague, the British-Iranian anthropologist Kameel Ahmady, was yesterday sentenced by a Tehran court to (more than) 8 years in prison in Iran.

Kameel’s research is on topics such as female genital mutilation, child marriage and informal / ‘white’ marriage,

Below is a statement released today:


Sunday 13 December 2020


British-Iran Anthropologist and Researcher Sentenced to 8 years by Court in Tehran


The British-Iranian anthropologist, social researcher and author Kameel Ahmady has been sentenced to 9 years in prison on the charge by a Tehran court of ‘collaborating with a hostile state’.

Amir Raesian, Kameel Ahmady’s lawyer, says

Yesterday my client, Mr. Kameel Ahmady, a researcher and anthropologist, was sentenced to more than eight years in prison by Branch 15 of the Revolutionary Court in Tehran on charges of “collaborating with a hostile government.” We will appeal this ruling and we still hope …

Kameel Ahmady added

In Autumn 2019, contrary to all legal strictures and hope of fair judgement, I was subjected to 100 days of detention and extrajudicial interrogation without access to a lawyer.

The judgement now handed down by Judge Salavati was issued after two non-expert court hearings in a legal process full of flaws. 

The legal focus of the accusation goes back to my research on the most harmful traditions about children in disadvantaged minority areas of Iran, but the main intention of my accusers has been to link my research to the United Nations 2030 Sustainable Development Goals, and to stop my activities with the target community of my research.

Now, with all that remains of my strength, I will appeal this verdict and hope for a fair trial in the appeal court


3 February 2021: Kameel Ahmady writes:
The main parts of my verdict and summary of my defence can be accessed on my website through the links at the end of this statement. I decided to  make these public in order for people to know how and why I was sentenced,  accusations I have countered with real evidence that I believe will prove my innocence. Let them be recorded in history, which is the best judge.

Farsi version of these Statements, on Kameel’s website

See also:

Kameel Ahmady’s Statement On His Trial And Subsequent Escape To Britain
(3 February 2021)

Kameel Ahmady: His Defence Appeal Against Imprisonment (December 2020)

Kameel Ahmady: Verdict Of His 2019-2020 Trial In Iran (14 December 2020)

Kameel Ahmady Sentenced To 9 Years In Prison (13 December 2020)

Kameel Ahmady, British-Iranian Anthropologist, Detained In Iran
(News / Media Updates from August 2019 to the present)

Statement On The Detention In Iran Of Social Anthropologist Kameel Ahmady (2019)

Kameel Ahmady: His Book ‘In the Name of Tradition’

Read more about Kameel Ahmady

Academic jailed in Iran pulls off daring escape back to Britain (3 February 2021)
Exclusive: Kameel Ahmady smuggled himself out through mountainous border after being sentenced to nine years  (report by The Guardian journalist Patrick Wintour)

Kameel Ahmady has published several books and many papers on issues in Iran around child labour, female genital mutilation, child marriage, cohabitation / ‘white’ marriage, temporary marriage, LGBT, identity, ethnicity and minority groups.

Examples of his work can be seen here Kameel Ahmady Website (with details of all his publications, awards etc.) and here Kameel Ahmady Biography

Kameel’s social media accounts are on Twitter and  Facebook.


2 Comments leave one →
  1. December 14, 2020 06:39

    Very unfortunate.

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