Swedish-based academic Ahmadreza Djalali will be executed following a ‘grossly unfair trial’, says Amnesty International. He has 20 days to appeal. He was found guilty of “spreading corruption on earth”, and accused of sharing information with the Israel Mossad, which led to the assassination of two senior nuclear scientists in 2010 and 2012, in return for “money and Swedish citizenship.”
Djalali, father of two, is affiliated with the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden, and the University of Eastern Piedmont in Novara, Italy. His researches center on improving hospitals’ emergency responses to armed terrorism and radiological, chemical and biological threats.
Held in the notoriously inhuman Evin prison since 2014, Djalali claims in a document that he was forced to make false confessions following “multiple psychological and physical tortures.” “I have never acted against my country; I have never spied for Israel or any other country. My only fault is that I did not accept to use the trust of my colleagues and universities in EU to spy for Iran’s intelligence services,” the condemned scientist said.
His wife reports that Djalali has declared a hunger strike to protest his sentence.