FN varnar för ökad risk för avrättning av Djalali

Türk also emphasizes the absence of a ”fair trial” for Djalali.

”A moratorium for all death sentences is required immediately,” he writes.

Ahmadreza Djalali, a former researcher at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, was arrested in 2016 during a conference trip to Iran and later sentenced to death for espionage.

Djalali has denied the allegations and says that the confession he provided was forced under torture.

Swedish authorities and organizations, including Amnesty, have unsuccessfully tried to secure Ahmadreza Djalali’s release.

”He is very afraid”

On Friday, Djalali’s wife stated that he has been threatened with his execution at any time.

”He is very afraid and doesn’t know what will happen. It’s terrible,” said his wife, Vida Merhannia, to SVT Nyheter.

Amnesty has said that Iran is linking the verdict against Hamid Noury to the threat of Djalali’s execution, after the Svea Court of Appeal earlier in the week upheld the verdict against Noury – something that has caused a great uproar in Iran.

MFA: Demands that the death penalty not be carried out

The Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs wrote in an email to SVT Nyheter on Friday that it has been made aware of the reports regarding Djalali’s execution.

”Sweden’s efforts for Ahmadreza Djalali continue with undiminished strength. Ahmadreza Djalali’s situation is continuously discussed with representatives of Iran at a high level. Sweden has long demanded that the death penalty should not be carried out.”