Iran Frees More than One Thousand Foreign Prisoners, but Not VUB Ahmadreza Djalali

Updated: May 12, 2020

Iranian authorities released around 1,000 prisoners earlier this week in an effort to curb the spread of COVID-19 in Iran’s overpopulated prison system.

However, Ahmadreza Djalali, an Iranian-Swedish citizen and scholar of disaster medicine, was not one of the thousand, according to Wies De Graeve, director of Amnesty International.

As we reported previously, Djalali underwent an operation in Tehran’s Taleghani Hospital on October 17, 2019. The surgery caused him to develop a compromised immune system.