Iran Grants Reprieve to Iranian-Swedish Scientist Facing Execution

Iran has granted reprieve to Iranian-Swedish scientist Ahmadreza Djalali who is facing execution for espionage on Wednesday.

Iran has granted reprieve to Iranian-Swedish scientist Ahmadreza Djalali who is facing execution for espionage on Wednesday. 

Djalali had not been transferred to Rajai Shahr prison where the execution was expected to be carried out, according to his lawyer.

Iran Human Rights, a Norway-based non-profit, human rights organization said on Wednesday, “Ahmadreza Djalali’s death sentence was not carried out this morning but he remains at imminent risk of execution.” Authorities said on Wednesday that the scientist’s execution was “postponed for a few days”.

Last week, Amnesty urged, “They must immediately halt any plans to execute Ahmadreza Djalali and end their shocking assault on his right to life.”

“We call on members of the international community to immediately intervene, including through their embassies in Tehran, to save Ahmadreza Djalali’s life before it is too late,” Amnesty said. 

Djalali was sentenced to death in October 2017 on grounds of “corruption on earth” accusing him of spying for Israel. Djalali also said that he was arrested because he refused “to use his academic ties in European institutions to spy for Iran,” Amnesty reported. 

In 2017, Iranian state television showed what they claim to be  Djalali’s confession of him being a spy, which Djalali says were confessions made under torture. 


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