Tehran Prosecutor Abbas Jafari Dolatabadi
[In this footage of Iranian state-run TV, Tehran Prosecutor Abbas Jafari Dolatabadi is trying to whitewash the suspicious death of Kavoos Seyyed Emami, university professor, and environmental activist, in Evin Prison.]
Abbas Jafari Dolatabadi: Given the documents and investigation, he had asked for some time to answer the questions. The investigations were then postponed to the day after. And as the suspect had realized that a lot of documents and information were in possession of the interrogators, he had reached the conclusion that he had to kill himself. Otherwise, it wasn’t due to lack of supervision. Some people still create doubts in this regard, even though Legal Medicine Organization, the special judge, criminal prosecutor office and the family of the deceased have announced it was suicide.
It was actually a suicide. Legal Medicine Organization has written it in its report. Even though there was no request for an autopsy, we emphasized on doing to investigate what has happened.
Reporter: The prosecutor said that suicide of one of the main suspects in this complicated case has been to “our disadvantage a lot”. And it has created a shock because some clues were lost, and the investigative puzzle is left unfinished.
Abbas Jafari Dolatabadi: We say that judiciary system, police, and other security entities are defenders of lives of people while they are in custody. We are bound to protect them. But suicide and death happen all over the world.
We cannot say something unique has happened in Iran. You should go and read stories of many spies who killed themselves in prisons not to give away information. I am not saying this man [Kavoos Seyyed Emami] has done this. But that is not strange in the world for someone to kill himself in the prison. We have had such cases in prisons many times. But it created a lot of controversies because of the significance of the case. As for giving information with the delay in this regard, it was for a reason.
The case was gradually moving forward and reaching the significant point. Because of this incident, the investigations of the case were disrupted. If this case had moved forward, we could have obtained significant information. But this incident, like a shock, disrupted our clues to some extent. Some suspects were alerted. Some were about to be arrested. Right now, I don’t want to talk about that. Some people have criticized me, saying, “why the prosecutor is saying these things now”. When a case involves national security and espionage issues, we cannot openly announce these things and yield the clues.