Monday, November 6, 2017
Ahmadreza Djalali,Iranian-born Swedish resident Scientist Sentenced to Death in Iran for Refusing to Spy on the West
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75 Nobel Laureates call on Iran to release scientist and medical doctor Ahmadreza Djalali, who has been sentenced to death in Iran for "spreading corruption on earth"
Ambassador Gholamali Khoshroo
Mission of Iran to the United Nations
622 Third Ave., 34th Floor
New York, NY 10017
Re: Plea for Ahmadreza Djalali
Dear Ambassador Khoshroo:
As members of a group of people (and organizations) who, according to the will of Alfred Nobel are
deeply committed to the greatest benefit to mankind, we cannot stay silent, when the life and work of a similarly devoted researcher as Iranian disaster medicine scholar Ahmadreza Djalali is threatened by a death sentence.
According to reports by the international weekly journal of science Nature (23 October 2017)
and other sources, Ahmadreza Djalali was accused of collaboration with a hostile government and
sentenced to death on 20 October.
Dr. Djalali, a resident of Sweden with his family, works on improving emergency responses of hospitals to
armed terrorism and radioactive, chemical and biological threats. Dr. Djalali is affiliated with the
Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden, and the University of Eastern Piedmont in Novara, Italy. He was arrested in April 2016 on an academic visit to Tehran.
While the conditions of his detention and trial have already given reason to great concern, a document based on a handwritten text by Dr. Djalali has now raised the suspicion that it was his refusal to work for the Iranian Intelligence Services, which led to this unfair, flawed trial.
Thus, we join in the several existing petitions:
Dr. Ahmadreza Djalali, a resident of Sweden, was sentenced by the Iranian Revolutionary Court on October 21 after being found ‘guilty’ of providing evidence about Iran’s secret nuclear sites to the Israeli intelligence agency Mossad, which led to the assassination of Iranian nuclear scientists in 2010-2012.
Of course, the Iranian Regime routinely accuses people of spying for the US and Israel, which it calls the Big Satan and the Little Satan respectively, with no actual evidence.
Prominent academic sentenced to death after grossly unfair trial
rominent academic sentenced to death after grossly unfair trial
Amnesty International – 23 October 2017
The Iranian authorities must urgently quash the death sentence against Iranian-born Swedish resident and specialist in emergency medicine Ahmadreza Djalali, said Amnesty International today.
The medical doctor and university lecturer had studied and taught in Sweden, Italy and Belgium. Since his arrest in April 2016, several European officials have called for his release.
Zeynab Taheri, one of Ahmadreza Djalali’s lawyers, told Amnesty International that he was sentenced to death for the charge of “corruption on earth” (ifsad fil-arz), and has been given a 200,000 euro fine. The court verdict, which was shown to one of the lawyers, states that Ahmadreza Djalali worked with the Israeli government, who subsequently helped him obtain his residency permit in Sweden.
“Ahmadreza Djalali was sentenced to death after a grossly unfair trial that once again exposes not only the Iranian authorities’ steadfast commitment to use of the death penalty but their utter contempt for the rule of law,” said Philip Luther, Amnesty International’s Research and Advocacy Director for the Middle East and North Africa.
“No evidence has ever been presented to show that he is anything other than an academic peacefully pursuing his profession. If he has been convicted and sentenced for peacefully exercising his rights to freedom of expression, association and assembly, including through his academic work, the authorities must immediately and unconditionally release him and drop all charges against him.”
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