Iran president orders probe into prison suicides

AP — Iran’s semi-official ISNA news agency is reporting that the country’s president has ordered an investigation into recent suicides at some detention centers.

The Wednesday report said President Hassan Rouhani ordered the ministers of Interior, Intelligence and the Judiciary and the country’s vice president for citizenship rights to report the results directly to him.

The order comes after an Iranian-Canadian university professor, Kavous Seyed-Emami, killed himself in custody.

Iran said he had conveyed information on the country’s missile bases to the CIA and Israel’s Mossad.

Earlier in January, at least two detainees committed suicide in custody following protests across the country over the economy.