Iranian-Swedish scientist’s execution on maintain for ‘subsequent few days’

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Dec 3, 2020

A number one human rights group mentioned Thursday that an Iranian-Swedish scientist’s execution has been halted — at the least for now.

Ahmadreza Djalali’s deliberate execution is on maintain for the “next few days,” a spokeswoman for Amnesty International informed Al-Monitor.

Djalali, an emergency drugs specialist, was arrested in Iran in 2016. He was charged with espionage, and later sentenced to demise on the cost of “corruption on earth.” Amnesty International mentioned the cost is imprecise and that his confession was extracted through torture.

Djalali was reportedly to be put to demise late final month, which prompted intervention from the Swedish authorities. Djalali is a citizen of each Iran and Sweden, and his household lives within the latter. Iran doesn’t acknowledge twin citizenship and rejected Sweden’s involvement.

It is unclear the place precisely Djalali’s case stands now. The United Nations reported final week that he was to switch to the Raja’i Shahr jail, which is routine for soon-to-be-executed prisoners. The UN additionally mentioned the costs have been arbitrary.

Amnesty International mentioned the switch to Raja’i Shahr didn’t happen, and that an order halted his demise in the intervening time. The London-based group didn’t have additional particulars Thursday and known as for his quick launch.

Iran receives common criticism for its detention of foreigners on doubtful costs. Last week, Iran launched the Australian-British educational Kylie Moore-Gilbert from jail following protests from Australia and the United Kingdom.