Iran: Prominent academic sentenced to death after grossly unfair trial

Iran: Prominent academic sentenced to death after grossly unfair trial

The Iranian authorities must urgently quash the death sentence against Iranian-born Swedish resident and specialist in emergency medicine Ahmadreza Djalali.

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.

Tell the Iranian authorities to immediately and unconditionally release Ahmadreza Djalali and drop all charges against him.

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