Vrije Universiteit Brussel’s Professor Ahmadreza Djalali Sentenced to Death in Iran

Updated: Apr 29, 2019

Ahmadreza Djalali, a professor who was arrested for suspected espionage in Iran, has been sentenced to death, his wife Vida Mehran-Nia informed Radio Free Europe.

The 45-year-old professor who taught at the European Master in Disaster Medicine (EMDM) in Italy—a joined master's program by the Università degli Studi del Piemonte Orientale and the Vrije Universiteit Brussel—was arrested in April 2016 while visiting family in Tehran. He spent more than seven months in solitary confinement without a proper trial or access to a lawyer.