Iran’s sharp response to Swedish overseas minister calling on Tehran to not execute Iranian-Swedish educational Ahmadreza Djalali.
Tehran, Iran – Iran has rejected an “interference” by Sweden after Stockholm known as on Tehran to not execute Iranian-Swedish educational Ahmadreza Djalali, who was handed a loss of life penalty three years in the past for spying and is slated to be executed quickly.
“The judicial energy of the Islamic republic is impartial – all interference within the issuance or finishing up of judicial choices is rejected as unacceptable,” Iran’s overseas ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh stated in a press release late on Tuesday.
Djalali, a medical physician and lecturer on the Karolinska Institute within the Swedish capital, reportedly known as his spouse from jail on Tuesday, informing her that he could possibly be executed quickly.
That prompted Swedish Overseas Minister Ann Linde to name her Iranian counterpart, Mohammad Javad Zarif, to request the Iranian authorities to not perform the loss of life sentence.
“In gentle of studies that Iran could have deliberate to implement a loss of life penalty in opposition to the Swedish citizen Djalali, I’ve immediately spoken with Iran’s overseas minister [Mohammad Javad] Zarif,” Linde posted on Twitter.
“Sweden condemns the loss of life penalty and works to make sure that the decision in opposition to Djalali shouldn’t be enforced.”
The Iranian overseas ministry confirmed Linde’s name in an preliminary assertion however made no point out of discussing Djalali.
In accordance with the overseas ministry, Zarif spoke to Linde concerning the “unlawful and unfair sanctions of the USA” on Iran and “Europe’s incapacity to implement its commitments” beneath a 2015 landmark nuclear deal that US President Donald Trump withdrew from in 2018.
Zarif advised Linde Europe shouldn’t “sacrifice its independence and sovereignty for the bullying and merciless insurance policies of the US”.
Nevertheless, in one other assertion printed shortly after, overseas ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh confirmed the 2 ministers mentioned Djalali however stated the Swedish officers’ data regarding Djalali’s situation is “incomplete and incorrect”.
Djalali, 49, travelled to Iran in 2016 reportedly on the invitation of the College of Tehran and the Shiraz College.
He was arrested in April 2016 on suspicions of spying and a tape of his confessions was aired by Iran’s state broadcaster.
Djalali was accused of passing data on high Iranian nuclear scientists to Israel who have been later killed. He was discovered responsible of “corruption on earth” – a cost that carries the loss of life penalty.
Djalali’s household and worldwide human rights teams declare he’s harmless and that he was compelled to make the confessions.
Amnesty Worldwide on Tuesday stated it was “horrified” to listen to studies of Djalali’s imminent execution and known as for an “rapid halt” to such plans.
“We name on members of the worldwide group to instantly intervene, together with by their embassies in Tehran, to save lots of Ahmadreza Djalali’s life earlier than it’s too late,” Amnesty’s deputy director for the Center East and North Africa, Diana Eltahawy, stated.
Earlier in November, roughly a 12 months after protests over financial hardship broke out throughout Iran, an United Nations committee coping with human rights adopted a decision put ahead by Canada that amongst different issues condemned the imprisonment of twin nationals in Iran.
Iran slammed the decision as having no “authorized credibility” and stated its sponsors had a historical past of abusing human rights in their very own international locations and people of different nations, equivalent to Palestine and Yemen.
Iran stated the decision made no point out of the unilateral sanctions imposed by the USA that Tehran calls “financial and medical terrorism”.
Iran doesn’t formally recognise the twin nationality standing.