Canadian Homa Hoodfar released from Iranian prison
Hoodfar until recently taught anthropology and sociology at Montreal’s Concordia University, where colleagues told a news conference they were overjoyed with her release.
Canadian professor Homa Hoodfar was released Monday from an Iranian prison where she was held for over 100 days.
The Iranian foreign minister said she was released for “humanitarian reasons.”
“Homa Hoodfar, the retired professor of Canadian universities, who had been detained in Iran based on some accusations was released this afternoon for humanitarian reasons including illness, and left Iran to Canada, through Oman,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qasemi was quoted as saying.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau confirmed the news in a statement Monday morning.
“Canadians are relieved that Dr. Hoodfar has been released from jail and will soon be reunited with her family, friends and colleagues,” the statement reads.
He also says that Italy, Switzerland and Oman have been helping Canada since our country doesn’t have diplomatic representation in Iran.
Hoodfar, 65, was being held for “dabbling in feminism” since June 6. She was born in Iran but has lived in Montreal for 30 years. She holds Canadian, Irish and Iranian citizenship.