A court in Iran sentenced an Iranian-born Swedish doctor to death after convicting him of spying in what human rights activists called a “grossly unfair trial.”
Tehran prosecutor Abbas Jafari-Dowlatabadi announced an unidentified agent of the Israeli spy agency, Mossad, had passed on the addresses of 30 nuclear and military scientists to Israeli operatives, Iran’s state-run Tasnim News Agency reported.
The prosecutor said the list included nuclear scientists Massoud Ali-Mohammadi and Majid Shahriari who died in bombings in Tehran in January 2010 and November 2010 respectively.
Amnesty International called for Iranian authorities to dismiss the charges against Ahmadreza Djalali after his lawyer said he was convicted of “corruption on earth” for spying for the Israeli government in exchange for help obtaining a residency permit in Sweden.
“Ahmadreza Djalali was sentenced to death after a grossly unfair trial that once again exposes not only the Iranian authorities’ steadfast commitment to use of the death penalty but their utter contempt for the rule of law,” Philip Luther of Amnesty International said.
Amnesty International said Djalali traveled to Iran on a business trip in April 2016 when he was arrested by Ministry of Intelligence officials and held without access to a lawyer for seven months.
While being held in solitary confinement, Djalali said interrogators put him under intense pressure through psychological torture to “confess” by threatining to execute him and arrest his children.
Amnesty International demanded Djalali’s release, citing a lack of evidence outside of the forced video confessions in which he read statements written by his interrogators.
“No evidence has ever been presented to show that he is anything other than an academic peacefully pursuing his profession. If he has been convicted and sentenced for peacefully exercising his rights to freedom of expression, association and assembly, including through his academic work, the authorities must immediately and unconditionally release him and drop all charges against him,” the organization said.
By Daniel Uria