Release Dr Djalali now!

Dr Ahmadreza Djalali remains in prison in Iran. The Karolinska Institutet researcher was arrested when visiting his former home country three years ago. A show trial was followed by a death sentence for espionage and Dr Djalali has since then been imprisoned under harsh conditions. He is now in poor health and needs urgent medical treatment.

A news program on Swedish TV tonight described the suffering of Dr Djalali and his family. Professor Elisabeth Rachlew commented in an interview on the difficult situation and the need for continued action from the Swedish foreign office. Professor Rachlew chairs the joint human rights committee of the Swedish Academies for Science, Arts and letters, and Literature, and the Academy of young scientists. She and the committee continue their efforts in the Djalali case, together with Karolinska Institutet, Amnesty International, and more than 100 Nobel Laureates who have demanded the release of Dr Djalali.

The Royal Swedish Academy of Science has requested in a letter to Iran’s leader ayatollah Khamenei that Dr Djalali be released. We repeat that demand: Release Dr Djalali now!

Göran K. Hansson

Release Dr Djalali now!