SFS condemns the execution of Swedish-Iranian researcher Ahmadreza Djalali

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The Iranian news agency ISNA announced on May 4 that the Swedish-Iranian academic Dr Ahmadreza Djalali will be executed by May 21.

- We condemn the Iranian Government's ruling against Ahmadreza Djalali in the strongest possible terms. SFS demands that Foreign Minister Ann Linde with the Swedish Foreign Ministry do everything in her power to get him released. We demand that the death sentence against Djalali be overturned and that the Iranian government immediately release Ahmadreza, says Linn Svärd, chairman of SFS.

Ahmadreza Djalali has been in prison since 2016 after being arrested by Iranian intelligence. The arrest took place during a conference trip in Iran. He was charged with espionage and sentenced in 2017 to death. Prior to that, he was an active researcher at Karolinska Institutet.

SULF and Karolinska Institutet have previously spoken out against the ruling. 

Read Ahmnadreza Djalali's wife Vida Mehrannia's open letter to Foreign Minister Ann Linde.