Dr Ahmadreza Djalali, an Iranian-born Swedish resident, medical doctor and university lecturer, has studied and taught in Sweden, Italy and Belgium. He was arrested in April 2016 during a business trip to Iran.
He was held in solitary confinement for three months, was denied access to a lawyer and was forced to make “confessions” in front of a video camera by reading out pre-written statements. Dr Djalali was put under intense pressure through torture and other ill-treatment, including threats to execute him, his children who live in Sweden, and his elderly mother who lives in Iran, to “confess” to being a spy.
After a grossly unfair trial Ahmadreza Djalali was sentenced to death for “corruption on earth”. His conviction was based on torture-tainted “confessions”. No evidence has ever been presented to show that he is anything other than an academic peacefully pursuing his profession.
Dr Djalali is a prisoner of conscience, convicted and sentenced for peacefully exercising his rights to freedom of expression, association and assembly, including through his academic work.