Wednesday, February 21

Iranian Media: Execution of Swedish-Iranian Scientist This Month

Iran plans to execute Swedish-Iranian scientist Ahmadreza Djalali this month. The Iranian news site ISNA reports that the execution is scheduled for May 21.


Djalali lived in Sweden and was arrested in 2016 during a working visit to his homeland Iran. As a spy, he is said to have provided information to Israel that could have eliminated Iranian nuclear scientists. Amnesty International said it received a letter from Djalali in 2018 in which he said he was being detained for refusing to spy for the Iranian government.

In 2018, Sweden naturalized Djalali, hoping to prevent his execution. Djalali was a doctor and professor at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm. He was also a guest professor at the Free University of Brussels.

Djalali’s execution was postponed indefinitely because he was diagnosed with cancer. However, according to ISNA, the death penalty is now being brought forward again because Iranian Hamid Noury is on trial in Sweden. Noury has been involved in mass executions in Iran in the 1980s. As a result, he could face a life sentence.

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