Azerbaijan, Baku, Dec. 7 / Trend T.Jafarov /
The Azerbaijani academic arrested in Iran does not have health problems, Iranian Ambassador to Azerbaijan Mohammad Bagir Behrami told journalists today.
"I do not have any information about reasons of arrest of the Azerbaijani academic. But the relevant agencies are informed about the reasons," he said. "I can say that the academic had a telephone conversation with his family few days ago and said that he does not have health problems."
Azerbaijan does not want an academic arrested in Iran to be deprived of his rights, Deputy Foreign Minister Vagif Sadikhov told Trend earlier.
"Iranian investigation agencies are working over Rashad Aliyev's case. We do not want the academic to be deprived of the means to protect himself," the deputy minister said.
Aliyev, who is head engineer and physicist at the Biological Laboratory of the Institute for Physical Problems at Baku State University, worked with the Iranian Sazan Elektronics Industry company from 2006-2008.
The company's head repeatedly asked the scientist to move to Iran during their activities. However, Aliyev refused the proposal and returned to Azerbaijan. After numerous requests by the company's Director Abbas Eftekhari, Aliyev returned to Iran for a short period Oct. 5. He was arrested the following day for alleged visa problems.
"Aliyev's arrest has no relation to the contract signed between our firm and Baku State University," Eftekhari told Trend earlier.
The Azerbaijani Justice Ministry sent an inquiry to the Iranian government after his arrest.
Aliyev is being held at the Evin Jail's Fifth Building.
Aliyev suspended his scientific activity in the private sector when he voluntarily went to serve in the army at age 38. He installed special purpose communications systems until 1999 and later organized and conducted laser technology tests for the military.
Aliyev was also involved in overhauling the border patrol.
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