Instead of freeing Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe at Christmas, Iran upheld its death sentence for another prisoner
The Islamic Republic’s status as a pariah state must be restored – a boycott by travellers on human rights grounds could kick-start wider sanctions and a rethink on the nuclear deal
“We are sitting by the phone hoping,” Richard Ratcliffe said over the weekend – the hope was that his wife, Nazanin, a charity worker imprisoned since April 2016 by the Iranian government, might be released by Christmas Day.
Unsurprisingly, instead of going all mushy and Christmassy, the Islamic Republic stayed true to form – immoral, ruthless and uncompromising.
The Supreme Leader was never going to change his cloaks for a Santa outfit, filling stockings with freedom and long-denied human rights.
Iranian Resistance strongly condemns the death sentence for Dr. Ahmad Reza Jalali and calls on all international human rights advocates to take immediate and effective action to abolish this cruel sentence.
Mr. Jalali, a resident of Sweden, was arrested on April 24, 2016, and was sentenced to death by the Iranian regime’s courts in September 2017. Only a few days later, the Supreme Court of the mullahs’ approved the verdict. Throughout this process, he has been deprived of a fair trial, even within the framework of the human rights law of the mullahs’ regime, including the right to appeal.
UN rights experts call on Iran to annul death sentence against academic and free him
GENEVA (20 December 2017) – United Nations human rights experts* have appealed to Iran to annul the death sentence against an Iranian academic, saying they are deeply “disturbed” by ongoing reports of due process failings during his trial.
Doctor Ahmadreza Djalali, an Iranian national and resident of Sweden, is a medical doctor, lecturer and researcher in disaster medicine who was arrested in April 2016. The procedure against him was marred by numerous reports of due process and fair trial violations, including incommunicado detention, denial of access to a lawyer, and forced confession.
“The execution of Dr. Djalali must be immediately halted and he must be released and accorded an enforceable right to compensation and other reparations,” the experts said.
“No formal charges were brought against him for nearly 10 months and he was effectively prevented from exercising his right to challenge the legality of detention. Furthermore, Dr. Djalali’s rights to a fair trial before an independent and impartial tribunal and to an effective defence have been violated.”
During Dr. Djalali’s detention, he was reportedly threatened with torture and other forms of ill-treatment, and threatened with being sentenced to death through an expedited process. Following this he was allegedly forced to confess to certain crimes, and forced to repeat dictated statements before video cameras.
The Iranian Supreme Court upheld the death sentence of Iranian researcher Ahmad Reza Jalali despite widespread international opposition.
Dabir Darya Beigi, Jalali’s lawyer, received the verdict for the death sentence on Sunday December 10., according to the human-rights group Amnesty International.
“The current situation is awful. It would be great if the scientific community would speak on this issue and issues facing Iranian scientists,” says molecular biologist Richard Roberts at New England Biolabs in Ipswich, Massachusetts, who won the 1993 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine. Roberts is one of 79 Nobel laureates who last month signed a letter protesting against the sentence.
“Scientists should call en masse Iranian diplomatic missions in their countries and voice their concern about the fate of Ahmadreza Djalali,” says Eugene Chudnovsky, a physicist at the City University of New York who co-chairs the Committee of Concerned Scientists, a human-rights body based in New York City.
Iran: Upholding academic’s death sentence in secret shows utter contempt for right to life
The Iranian Supreme Court has run roughshod over the rule of law by upholding the death sentence of Ahmadreza Djalali, an Iranian-born Swedish resident and specialist in emergency medicine, through a secret and hasty process and without allowing any defence submission, Amnesty International revealed today.
Ahmadreza Djalali’s lawyers learned on Saturday 9 December that Branch 1 of the Supreme Court had considered and upheld his death sentence in a summary manner without granting them an opportunity to file their defense submissions.
75 Nobel Laureates call on Iran to release scientist and medical doctor Ahmadreza Djalali, who has been sentenced to death in Iran for "spreading corruption on earth"
Ambassador Gholamali Khoshroo
Mission of Iran to the United Nations
622 Third Ave., 34th Floor
New York, NY 10017
Re: Plea for Ahmadreza Djalali
Dear Ambassador Khoshroo:
As members of a group of people (and organizations) who, according to the will of Alfred Nobel are
deeply committed to the greatest benefit to mankind, we cannot stay silent, when the life and work of a similarly devoted researcher as Iranian disaster medicine scholar Ahmadreza Djalali is threatened by a death sentence.
According to reports by the international weekly journal of science Nature (23 October 2017)
and other sources, Ahmadreza Djalali was accused of collaboration with a hostile government and
sentenced to death on 20 October.
Dr. Djalali, a resident of Sweden with his family, works on improving emergency responses of hospitals to
armed terrorism and radioactive, chemical and biological threats. Dr. Djalali is affiliated with the
Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden, and the University of Eastern Piedmont in Novara, Italy. He was arrested in April 2016 on an academic visit to Tehran.
While the conditions of his detention and trial have already given reason to great concern, a document based on a handwritten text by Dr. Djalali has now raised the suspicion that it was his refusal to work for the Iranian Intelligence Services, which led to this unfair, flawed trial.
Thus, we join in the several existing petitions:
Dr. Ahmadreza Djalali, a resident of Sweden, was sentenced by the Iranian Revolutionary Court on October 21 after being found ‘guilty’ of providing evidence about Iran’s secret nuclear sites to the Israeli intelligence agency Mossad, which led to the assassination of Iranian nuclear scientists in 2010-2012.
Of course, the Iranian Regime routinely accuses people of spying for the US and Israel, which it calls the Big Satan and the Little Satan respectively, with no actual evidence.
Prominent academic sentenced to death after grossly unfair trial
rominent academic sentenced to death after grossly unfair trial
Amnesty International – 23 October 2017
The Iranian authorities must urgently quash the death sentence against Iranian-born Swedish resident and specialist in emergency medicine Ahmadreza Djalali, said Amnesty International today.
The medical doctor and university lecturer had studied and taught in Sweden, Italy and Belgium. Since his arrest in April 2016, several European officials have called for his release.
Zeynab Taheri, one of Ahmadreza Djalali’s lawyers, told Amnesty International that he was sentenced to death for the charge of “corruption on earth” (ifsad fil-arz), and has been given a 200,000 euro fine. The court verdict, which was shown to one of the lawyers, states that Ahmadreza Djalali worked with the Israeli government, who subsequently helped him obtain his 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,” said Philip Luther, Amnesty International’s Research and Advocacy Director for the Middle East and North Africa.
“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.”
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