We demand that Dr Ahmadreza Djalali is released from prison in Iran!
Dr Djalali, a medical researcher resident in Sweden, remains imprisoned in Iran, where he has been sentenced to death after a trial that was considered to be grossly unfair. The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences has repeatedly demanded his unconditional release. We are now joining forces with Karolinska Institutet and Amnesty International, urging that the sentence against Dr Djalali is dropped. In a letter to Mr Abdolrassol Mohajer Hejazi, the Iranian ambassador to Sweden, we also request that Dr Djalali is treated in a humane way as long as he remains incarcerated, with access to a lawyer of his choice, to his family and to Swedish diplomats.
Thousands of scientists, organisations and others around the world have protested against the cruel and unfair treatment of Dr Djalali. Foreign Minister Margot Wallström demanded yesterday that the death sentence against him is not enforced. The Iranian authorities must listen to all these appeals. Vice-Chancellor Ole Petter Ottersen of Karolinska Institutet, Director Anna Lindenfors of Amnesty International and I have today requested a meeting with ambassador Hejazi to convey our message: Free Djalali!
Göran K. Hansson