Iran Says It Will Execute Ahmadreza Djalali, Swedish-Iranian Accused of Spying

Iran’s judiciary stated on Tuesday that it might perform the execution sentence of an Iranian-Swedish scientist accused of spying for Israel and aiding its assassination of Iranian nuclear scientists.

The announcement of the deliberate execution of the scientist, Ahmadreza Djalali, who has denied all the costs in opposition to him, coincided with the conclusion of a landmark courtroom case in Sweden the place, for the primary time outdoors of Iran, a former Iranian official was tried for crimes in opposition to humanity.

Swedish prosecutors have requested for a life sentence for the official, Hamid Nouri, who was arrested in 2019 on a visit to Sweden, for his function within the mass execution of 5,000 dissidents within the Eighties. He has denied the costs. A verdict is anticipated in July, in keeping with Sweden’s judiciary.

In a separate case, Belgium’s judiciary introduced on Tuesday that it might uphold earlier sentences in opposition to three Iranians, one among them a senior diplomat, convicted of plotting a terrorist assault in Paris in opposition to an Iranian opposition group.

Human rights teams condemned the Islamic Republic for what they referred to as its sample of hostage diplomacy, by which twin nationals or international nationals are detained on trumped-up expenses of espionage after which leveraged politically to launch frozen funds, or to be exchanged for Iranian residents incarcerated in different international locations.

“The Iranian judiciary by asserting its intention to execute Djalali has made it clear that he’s a hostage and his life is getting used to affect the judicial resolution in Sweden,” stated Hadi Ghaemi, the director of the Middle for Human Rights in Iran, an impartial advocacy group based mostly in New York Metropolis.

Iran’s judiciary spokesman, Zabihollah Khodaian, denied that the circumstances of Mr. Djalali and Mr. Nouri have been associated or that Iran was looking for a swap, in keeping with Iranian media.

“There isn’t a dialogue of an change and the judiciary will act based mostly on the decision issued,” Mr. Khodaian advised the Iranian information company ISNA.

Mr. Djalali, a 50-year-old doctor and lecturer on the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, migrated to Sweden in 2009 to check for a doctoral diploma, in keeping with his household. He had traveled to Iran in 2016 on an invite from a college to take part in an educational workshop when he was arrested.

Final week Iranian information media, citing nameless sources, reported that Mr. Djalali could be executed by the tip of Could.

His spouse, Vida Mehrannia, stated in a telephone interview from Sweden on Tuesday that the ordeal had shattered the household. She stated she wakened every single day in worry of Iran executing her husband and of what she would inform their daughter, 19, and son, 10. They haven’t spoken to Mr. Djalali because the information that his execution was imminent, she stated.

Ms. Mehrannia stated her husband had by no means been to Israel and had no contact with governments of nations that Iran deems hostile.

“I by no means anticipated them to deal with us as pawns of their political video games,” Ms. Mehrannia stated, crying all through the interview. “I really feel damaged. Sweden retains telling me it’ll resolve this diplomatically, however nothing has occurred but.”

The circumstances in Sweden and Iran have created tensions between the 2 international locations. If Iran carries out the execution of a Swedish citizen, it’ll escalate tensions with Europe at a time when Iran continues to be negotiating a nuclear cope with the West.

The Swedish international ministry stated on Friday {that a} 30-year-old Swedish vacationer was arrested in Iran as he was leaving the nation with a bunch of different vacationers. In late April, Sweden had warned its residents in opposition to touring to Iran.

The international ministers of the 2 international locations spoke on the telephone final Wednesday, in keeping with Iran’s international ministry. The end result of that dialog and the prospect of a diplomatic breakthrough have been unclear.

On Could 4, Sweden’s international minister, Ann Linde, tweeted, “Extraordinarily worrying media reviews at present that Iran might implement the demise penalty on Swedish citizen Ahmadreza Djalali.” She stated Sweden condemned the demise penalty sentence in opposition to Mr. Djalali and demanded that Iran launch him.

Ms. Linde didn’t seem to have commented publicly on Tuesday’s official announcement by Iran’s judiciary.

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