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A look at some Iranian-Canadians who've been detained in Iran:

July 11, 2016 - 1:55 PM

Montreal-based university professor Homa Hoodfar is being held in an Iranian jail and is reportedly facing charges. A look at her case and that of some other Iranian-Canadians who've been detained in Iran:

Hoodfar — Family says she travelled to Iran last February to see other relatives and conduct academic research. The retired Concordia University professor was first arrested in March, just before she was to return to Canada, and released on bail. Rearrested on June 6 and being held at Evin prison.

Zahra Kazemi — Freelance photographer arrested in 2003 while shooting protest outside notorious Evin prison in Tehran. Detained by authorities at the same facility. Tortured and sexually assaulted by officials and later died of her injuries. Body was never returned to Canada. Events surrounding death triggered deterioration in relations between Canada and Iran.

Hamid Ghassemi-Shall — Toronto businessman arrested by Iran on espionage charges in 2008 while visiting relatives. Sentenced to death the following year but was released in September 2013 and returned to Canada.

Hossein Derakhshan — Blogger imprisoned from 2008 to 2014. Credited with igniting blogging movement in Iran by posting simple online instructions on how to create sites in Farsi in 2001, earning moniker "The Blogfather." In 2010, court sentenced him to more than 19½ years in prison for his writings. Term later reduced to 17 years. Pardoned by Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

Maziar Bahari — Arrested June 21, 2009, as part of government crackdown to silence protests that erupted over disputed election of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. The journalist and documentary filmmaker was released on $300,000 bail and allowed to leave to join his British wife in London that October. Release came after spending 118 days without charge in Evin prison. Sentenced in absentia in 2010 to 13 years in prison and 74 lashes for espionage.

(The Canadian Press)

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