Grave concerns for Australian academic detained in Iran

Iran watchers are extremely worried about the future of a Melbourne University academic who is detained in Iran, after being accused of ‘social espionage’, and ‘collaborating’ with the West.

Dr Meimanat Hosseini-Chavoshi is a population expert who was in Tehran on a study tour, before her jailing.

She joins a growing number of dual-national academics whom the Islamic Republic claims are spies, a charge that can carry the death penalty.

Listen to the report by Hagar Cohen on the The World Today (ABC) program.