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Statement on the arrest of Dr Kian Tajbakhsh: Imperial alumnus held without charge in Iran

Imperial College London Statement

Respected academic Dr Kian Tajbakhsh, an Imperial College alumnus, was arrested in Iran in May 2007 and has been held without charge ever since. Imperial joins the international community in calling on the Iranian government to allow Dr Tajbakhsh legal representation and to provide evidence of the accusations against him.

Dr Kian Tajbakhsh

Dr Tajbakhsh graduated with a BSc (Eng) in civil engineering from Imperial in 1983, and went on to complete an MSc in urban planning at University College London. He has built a reputation as a leading expert in local government reform, urban planning and social policy, consulting for Iranian government organisations and international non-governmental organisations such as the World Bank and the Netherlands Association of Municipalities. He holds dual citizenship of the United States and Iran, and has taught at universities in both countries.

Information on the campaign to raise awareness of Dr Tajbakhsh's plight is at


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