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Iranian TV Broadcasts Purported Confession of Iranian-Swedish Academic Sentenced to Death

December 17, 2017

Iranian state TV has aired what it calls a confession by Ahmadreza Djalali, an Iranian-Swedish academic who has been sentenced to death on charges of spying for Israel during nuclear talks with world powers.

The video aired late December 17, 2017 and was prepared by Iran's Intelligence Ministry. In the video, a narrator speaks over images of a purported "interview" with Djalali that is crosscut with archive footage, accusing him of being a "traitor" and of having been recruited by Mossad.

Djalali says in the video that he gave the European intelligence Services information about key nuclear scientists: “They were showing me pictures of some people and satellite photos of nuclear facilities and were asking me to give them information about them."


However, Djalali has previously stated that he is being held as a reprisal for refusing to spy for Iran. 


Djalali, who taught at the European Master in Disaster Medicine (EMDM) in Italy, was arrested on charges of “collaboration with a hostile government” while visiting family in Tehran. He was then accused of providing information to Israel to aid in the assassination of several senior nuclear scientists, and following a closed trial on October 20, 2017, he was sentenced to death.

This video comes just days after Amnesty International said Iran's Supreme Court had "run roughshod over the rule of law" by confirming Djalali's death sentence.

Sweden condemned the sentence in October and reported that it had raised the matter with Iranian envoys in Stockholm and Tehran. Seventy-five Nobel Prize Laureates petitioned Iranian authorities last month to release Djalali so he could “continue his scholarly work for the benefit of mankind.” They said Djalali has suggested it was his refusal to work for Iranian intelligence services that led to this "unfair, flawed trial."


We at Endangered Scholars Worldwide consider this arbitrary sentence a flagrant and unjust violation of the freedom, security, and safety of an academic who is clearly a victim of a political witch hunt—arrested without cause, held for months in solitary confinement, and subjected to physical mistreatment and psychological abuse.
Endangered Scholars Worldwide calls upon all international organizations, academic and professional associations, and other groups and individuals devoted to the promotion and defense of human rights to protest and condemn this arbitrary sentence; to call for Djalali’s immediate and unconditional release; and to urge the officials of the Iranian government to respect, guarantee, and implement the provisions and principles of human rights as specified in international conventions and treaties.


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Ayatollah Ali Khamenei
The Office of the Supreme Leader
Jomhouri Street
Islamic Republic of Iran
Fax: +98 21 644 11
Website: http://www.leader.ir/langs/en/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/www.Khamenei.ir
Ayatollah Sadeqh Larijani
Howzeh Riyasat-e Qoveh Qazaiyeh (Office of the Head of the Judiciary)
Pasteur St., Vali Asr Ave., south of Serah-e Jomhouri
Islamic Republic of Iran
President Hassan Rouhani
The Office of the President
Palestine Avenue, Azerbaijan Intersection
Islamic Republic of Iran
Javad Zarif,
Minister of Foreign Affairs
The Minister’s Office
Imam Khomeini Square
Islamic Republic of Iran
Fax: +98 21 66743149
Website: http://www.mfa.gov.ir
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jzarif
Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein
United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights
Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights
Palais des Nations
CH-1211 Geneva 10, Switzerland
Email: InfoDesk@ohchr.org
Dr. Koumbou Boly Barry
United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Right to Education
Palais des Nations
CH-1211 Geneva 10, Switzerland
Email: sreducation@ohchr.org
David Kaye
United Nations Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression
Palais des Nations
CH-1211 Geneva 10
Fax: +41 22 917 9006
Email: freedex@ohchr.org
Federica Mogherini
High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy
European Commission
Rue de la Loi / Wetstraat 200
1049 Brussels
Thorbjørn Jagland
Secretary General of the Council of Europe Council of Europe
Avenue de l'Europe
F-67075 Strasbourg Cedex
Fax: + 33 3 88 41 27 99
Philippe Boillat
Directorate General Human Rights and Rule of Law Council of Europe
Avenue de l'Europe
F-67075 Strasbourg Cedex
Fax: + 33 3 88 41 27 99


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