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Iran Temporarily Halts Execution of Swedish-Iranian Academic Ahmadreza Djalali

Updated: Mar 13, 2022

On December 2, 2020, Endangered Scholars Worldwide (ESW) learned that Ahmadreza Djalali, an Iranian-Swedish specialist in emergency medicine, facing execution in Iran for espionage, has been granted a reprieve, according to his family and his lawyer.

As we have reported, Djalili was transferred to solitary confinement in Evin prison on November 24, 2020, and informed by the prison authorities that his death sentence would be carried out imminently. On November 24, 2020, Djalali’s wife, Vida Mehrannia, made media appeals, urging European governments to come to her husband’s aid.

UN human rights experts stated in 2017:

The procedure against him was marred by numerous reports of due process and fair trial violations, including incommunicado detention, denial of access to a lawyer, and forced confession. [Djalali was] reportedly threatened with torture and other forms of ill-treatment and threatened with being sentenced to death through an expedited process [and then] forced to repeat dictated statements before video cameras.

Djalali was sentenced to death in October 2017 and Iran’s supreme court reaffirmed the sentence that November 2017.

In the past few weeks, Belgian news media has reported that the threatened execution could be connected to the trial of an Iranian diplomat, Assadollah Assadi, who is accused of providing explosives to two individuals to bomb a rally of the opposition group National Council of Resistance of Iran (Mujahideen) near Paris on June 30, 2018. Iran may be seeking for a prisoner exchange as it has before. On November 24, 2020, Iran swapped Australian university lecturer Kylie Moore-Gilbert for three prisoners held abroad.

ESW calls on all international organizations, academic and professional associations, and other groups and individuals to contact their respective embassies in Tehran, requesting them to intervene and advocate for the release of Ahmadreza Djalili.

Endangered Scholars Worldwide calls upon the Iranian government to immediately and unconditionally release Djalali and to respect, guarantee, and implement the provisions and principles of human rights as specified in international conventions and treaties.




Ayatollah Ali Khamenei

The Office of the Supreme Leader

Jomhouri Street


Islamic Republic of Iran

Fax: +98 21 644 11



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



Todd C. Chapman

Ambassador of the United States to Brazil

Embassy of the United States to Brazil

Rua Henri Dunant

500 Chácara Santo Antônio

São Paulo- SP, 04709-110


Fax: +55 11 5181 8730

Koumbou Boly-Barry

United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Right to Education

Palais des Nations

CH-1211 Geneva 10, Switzerland

Irene Khan

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

Josep Borrell

High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security


European Commission

Rue de la Loi / Wetstraat 200

1049 Brussels


Marija Pejčinović Burić

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

Christophe Poirel

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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