Researcher risking Iran execution is a ‘hostage’ – Amnesty

An Iranian-Swedish medical researcher facing imminent execution in Iran is being held as a hostage by Tehran in a bid to force Belgium and Sweden to make concessions in two cases concerning former Iranian officials, Amnesty International said on Thursday 19 May, reports AFP.

Ahmadreza Djalali, who is a disaster medicine physician, lecturer and researcher, was sentenced to death in 2017 on espionage charges that are deemed baseless by Stockholm and his supporters, and Iranian media reports say he could be hanged by 21 May, a punishment that officials have repeatedly insisted will be carried out.

“Mounting evidence strongly indicates that the Iranian authorities are holding ... Djalali hostage and threatening to execute him to compel third parties to swap him for former Iranian officials convicted or on trial abroad, as well as to refrain from future prosecutions of Iranian officials,” Amnesty International said.
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