Statement from FDI on Iranian court death sentence to Swedish-Iranian researcher

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Four experts with the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights today issued a statement today calling on Iran to rescind the death sentence a kangaroo court handed down on Swedish-Iranian academic and disaster medicine expert, Dr. Ahmadreza Djalali. The experts signing included the current UN Special Rapporteur for Human Rights in Iran, Pakistani human rights advocate, Ms. Asma Jahangir. Dr. Djalali was arrested in April 2016 during a visit to Iran and held for ten months without charge, when he was repeatedly “threatened with torture and other forms of ill-treatment,” the statement read. In January 2017, he was taken before Branch 15 of the Revolutionary Court in Tehran without a lawyer, and informed he was being accused of “espionage.”

Since then, the Iranian regime has fabricated charges that Dr. Djalali was spying for Mossad against Iranian nuclear scientist, and forced him recently into what appeared to be a drug-induced confession aired on Iranian state television earlier this week (see photo). According to Djalali’s wife in Sweden, Vida Mehran-nia, the forced confession came after he wrote her from prison that he had been arrested for “refusing to spy for the [Iranian] intelligence ministry.” “I don’t understand why they insist on accusig him of spying for Israel,” she said. “I think they aired this [his videotaped ‘confession’] after Ahmadreza’s letter was publishing stating that he was arrested because he did not agree to cooperate with Iran’s intelligence ministry.”

FDI joins the United Nations OHCHR, Amnesty International, and other human rights organizations, in calling on the Iranian regime to FREE DR. DJALALI, yet another innocent pawn in the hands of cynical intelligence operatives seeking to put pressure on Iranian expatriates and their host governments.