Abbas Edalat, a British-Iranian computer science professor, has been detained by Iran's Revolutionary Guard. The computer science professor and peace campaigner was accused of involvement in an "infiltration network."
Iranian media confirmed on Thursday that Abbas Edalat, a dual British-Iranian national and peace campaigner, is being held in Iran.
"Recently, members of an infiltration network affiliated to Britain have been arrested," reported Iran's semi-official Fars news agency, citing an unnamed source. Fars is considered close to the Revolutionary Guard.
The report then named Edalat, a computer science and mathematics professor at Imperial College in London, as one of those arrested.
The source in the Fars report claimed the network Edalat allegedly belonged to was responsible for leading the 2009 unrest that broke out over the re-election of then-President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
On Wednesday, the British Foreign Office said they were "urgently seeking information" from Iranian authorities following reports Edalat had been detained.
The New York-based Centre for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) first reported that Edalat was detained by the Revolutionary Guard on April 15. He reportedly refused to post bail, saying he was innocent.
CHRI also said that authorities raided Edalat's home in Tehran and confiscated his computer, notebooks and CDs.
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Outside of his university work, Edalat is an anti-war activist and also founded a group called the Campaign Against Sanctions and Military Intervention in Iran. He has also written columns for The Guardian newspaper.