Ahmadreza Djalali — Iran Ambassador To Belgium : “Death Sentence Decision Not Final” [UPDATE]

“The indisputable fact is that Dr. [Masoud] Ali-Mohammadi was martyred on January 12, 2010, at least three months before European agents approached me in the spring of 2010. This was even mentioned in the TV program based on my montaged statements, which prove that the accusations against me are contradictory lies. How could I be accused of giving information about someone who was martyred four months earlier?”

Professor Ahmadreza Djalali — Letter written in mid-January 2018

Last Sunday (February 4 2018), various media reported that a final attempt to persuade the Iranian judiciary to review the death sentence handed to Ahmadreza Djalali for allegedly spying on behalf of Israel had failed. According to these reports, his death sentence was definitive and imminent. Today (February 7 2018), the ambassador of Iran to Belgium has denied both allegations. Follow us on Twitter: @Intel_Today

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UPDATE (February 22 2018) — LONDON (Reuters) – The Iranian foreign ministry said on Tuesday it had summoned the Swedish ambassador to protest over Sweden’s granting of citizenship to a Stockholm-based scientist being held in Tehran under a death sentence.

“In the meeting, the Islamic Republic of Iran voiced strong protest against the action taken by the Swedish government to grant citizenship to an agent of Mossad who has confessed to participating in assassination of Iranian scientists,” Qasemi added.

The Swedish foreign ministry confirmed on Saturday that it had granted citizenship to Djalali.

“We have been in regular contact with Iranian representatives, requested access to Djalali and presented Sweden’s view of the death penalty, which we condemn in all its forms. Our demand is that the death penalty is not carried out,” a Swedish spokeswoman said.

Iran considered Sweden’s action “questionable and unfriendly”. — END of UPDATE

On February 4 2018, several media, quoting Professor Djalali’s lawyer, reported that his death sentence decision was final.

“This time, the sentence is definitive. The death penalty was declared feasible, which means it can be carried out at any point,” said Zouhaier Chichaoui, Professor Djalali’s lawyer.

However, the media have ignored the basic fact that Djalali’s lawyer is allowed to file multiple requests for the case to be reviewed.

Although, there is no guarantee that any such request will be accepted, Iran ambassador to Brussels appears to believe that the review of Djalali’s sentence will indeed be accepted.

Ambassador Peyman Sadat told Belgian Minister Geert Bourgeois that Professor Djalali will not be executed in the near future and that a new request for the review of his case will soon be accepted. The ambassador emphasized that the upcoming review would be thorough.

As professor Djalali appears to have a strong argument countering the main accusation brought against him, it would indeed be irresponsible for the Supreme Court not to review his case.

The prosecution has claimed that he was spying for the Mossad. Professor Djalali has been found guilty of involvement in the assassination of two Iranian nuclear scientists.

Professor Djalali has always denied working for the Israeli intelligence agency and any involvement in spying activities.

There is no doubt that the investigators had good reasons to suspect Professor Djalali. He had met the Iranian nuclear scientists who were assassinated. And the prosecution is aware that he was contacted by some agents of a foreign Intelligence Agency.

However, Djalali claims that his discussions with the Iranian nuclear scientists were strictly related to his work: emergency medicine.

Professor Djalali has also admitted that he was approached by people who claimed to be working for an Intelligence Agency. But he has always denied having accepted to work as a spy for them.

Even if — for the sake of argument — we consider that Djalali is lying about these facts to save his life, the prosecution case still appears to be seriously flawed.

Professor Djalali’s meetings with the foreign agents occurred in April 2010 while Dr. Masoud Ali-Mohammadi was assassinated on January 12 2010.

If this simple fact can be confirmed, then the case against professor Djalali falls apart. It would therefore appear that there is indeed a strong and urgent need for a thorough review of his case by the Supreme Court.

REFERENCES

Iran rejects review of academic’s death sentence — Arutz Sheva

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Ahmadreza Djalali — Iran Ambassador To Belgium : “Death Sentence Decision Not Final”

Ahmadreza Djalali — Iran Ambassador To Belgium : “Death Sentence Decision Not Final” [UPDATE]

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