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Iran: Supreme Court Hastily Upholds Death Sentence For Ahmadreza Djalali

13 Dec 17
Iran: Supreme Court Hastily Upholds Death Sentence For Ahmadreza Djalali

Iran Human Rights (Dec 12 2017): The death sentence of the Iranian physician and researcher, Ahmad Reza Djalali (Jalali), has been approved by the Supreme Court after a month.

According to a close source, Ahmad Reza Jalali’s family and lawyer have confirmed that Ahmadreza’s sentence, which was approved by the Supreme Court after only a month, has been announced to him and one of his lawyers.

“The day Ahmadreza received death sentence at branch 15, Judge Salavati told him not to mention the details of his case in his brief. He could only mention that he had an objection and when he was summoned to the court, he would be allowed to defend himself in person. This was of course a trick to prevent him from writing a full brief,” said Ahmad Reza Jalali’s wife, Vida Mehrannia, to Iran Human Rights (IHR).

Ahmad Reza Jalali’s sentence has been approved by branch 1 of the Supreme Court and one of his lawyers says that nobody paid attention to their briefs and his death sentence was approved in a month.

“They threatened Ahmadreza and told him that if he didn’t cooperate with them, they would kill his children in Sweden. They kept him in a solitary cell full of cockroaches and ants for a long time. During the interrogation in ward 209, he was blindfolded and cursed at roundly,” said Ahmadreza Jalali’s mother to IHR.

Ahmad Reza Jalali lived in Sweden since 2009 where he had permanent residence. He worked as a researcher in the field of crisis management at Karolinska University in Stockholm.

Being formally invited by Tehran University, Ahmad Reza Jalali traveled to Iran but was arrested by the agents of the Ministry of Intelligence on his way to Karaj on April 24, 2016. He spent three months at the detention center of the Ministry of Intelligence. Now Iranian authorities claim that he is convicted of “espionage and collaboration with enemies”.

Mahmood Amiry-Moghaddam, the director and spokesperson of IHR said, “Ahmad Reza Jalali’s trial was not fair. We condemn his death sentence and request the international community and academic communities to help stop this inhuman sentence and call for a fair trial.”