One Year Ago — “Brussels Professor” Faces Death Penalty in Iran

“The only explanation for this legal error is that Djalali’s so-called lawyer colluded with Judge Salavati of the Iranian Revolutionary Court, who sentenced him to death after physical and psychological torture, and without any fair or public trial .”

VUB Professor Gerlant van Berlaer

“A scientist performing important humanitarian work has been sentenced without public trial and is looking at the death penalty. This is an outrageous violation of universal human rights, against which we should react decisively.”

Rector Caroline Pauwels — VUB [Vrije Universiteit Brussel]

“I have never acted against my country, I have never spied for Israel or any other country. My only fault is that I did not accept to use the trust of my colleagues and universities in EU to spy for Iran’s intelligence services.”

Professor Ahmadreza Djalali

“We respectfully request that you direct the Iranian authorities to allow Dr. Djalali to return home to his wife and children and continue his scholarly work for the benefit of mankind.”

Letter to Ayatollah Ali Khamenei signed by 121 Nobel Laureates (December 9 2018)

Professor Ahmadreza Djalali

December 17 2017 — According to Belgian media, the lawyer of Iranian-Swedish professor Ahmadreza Djalali — who has been sentenced to death in Teheran — has not appealed to the Iranian Supreme Court. Follow us on Twitter: @INTEL_TODAY

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UPDATE (December 17 2018) — A group of 121 Nobel laureates has signed an open letter to Iran’s supreme leader calling for the release of Ahmadreza Djalali.

The letter, dated December 9 2018, was distributed by the human-rights group Amnesty International to participants at this year’s Nobel-prize ceremony in Stockholm on December 10 2018.

I believe that most European people who speak about Professor Djalali do not understand this case at all. Pay attention to the following statement which was written by Djalali in mid-January 2018.

“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?”

There are serious issues here. Which European intelligence agency approached him in the spring of 2010? And what did these people want from Djalali? Surely, that country has a huge responsibility in this affair. Still, let us hope that for the best.

Professor Djalali’s meetings with these intelligence agents are said to have 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 seriously falls apart. (Even if three other Iranian nuclear scientists were assassinated in the next 24 months.)

It would therefore appear that there is indeed a strong and urgent need for a thorough review of his case by the Supreme Court.

The People’s Mujahedin of Iran (MEK) and the MOSSAD are the most likely suspects of this assassination campaign against Iranian nuclear scientists. Two US senior officials have confirmed that MEK was “financed, trained, and armed by Israel” in killing Iranian nuclear scientists. The assassination campaign was reportedly terminated in 2013 following diplomatic pressure from the United States, in the context of the Iran Nuclear Deal.

END of UPDATE

Professor Ahmadreza Djalali was convicted of espionage following a trial led by Abolqasem Salavati — a judge in Iran’s revolutionary court — and sentenced to death on October 21 2017.

Professor Djalali has a wife and two children aged 14 and 5. He now  has serious health issues after losing 18 kilograms during a hunger strike that he began on December 26 2016.

According to the Tehran’s prosecutor, Professor Dajlali was guilty of providing information to Israel to help it assassinate several senior nuclear scientists.

Tehran prosecutor Abbas Jafari Dolatabadi told the judiciary’s news agency:

“The person had several meetings with (Israeli intelligence agency) Mossad and provided them with sensitive information about Iran’s military and nuclear sites in return for money and residency in Sweden.”

Between 2010 and 2012, four scientists were killed in a program of assassinations aimed at sabotaging its nuclear energy program.

The Story of Professor Ahmadreza Djalali

Professor Ahmadreza Djalali was teaching at the European Master in Disaster Medicine [EMDM], a joined master by the “Università degli Studi del Piemonte Orientale” and the “Vrije Universiteit Brussel” [VUB].

The Belgian media have portrayed him as a ‘visiting’ professor at the VUB. None reported what course he was teaching there and when. (Considering the case, you would think that this would be a good place to start.)

Professor Djalali — about 45-year old — was arrested in April 2016 by the security forces of Iran’s Ministry of Information while en route from Tehran to the city of Karaj and was taken to the Evin Prison.

While in jailed, he has spent many months in isolation. His sister claims that he was forced to sign a confession.

Professor Djalali studied medicine at the University of Tabriz in Iran and obtained a Ph.D. in disaster medicine — the study of health care management during large-scale emergencies —  at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm.

His research focused on how hospitals can best prepare for events with large numbers of casualties, including natural disasters and terrorist attacks.

National Security

The investigation relates to an issue of ‘national security’. The Iranian government blames him for collaboration with scientists from foreign enemy states (Read US & Israel).

[Note — The joint masters program draws students and professors from countries around the world — including the United States, Saudi Arabia, and Israel.]

Belgium?

In February 2017, Peiman Seadat — the Iranian ambassador to Belgium — told Flemish Minister-President Geert Bourgeois that  Professor Ahmadreza Djalali — who “teaches” at the Free University of Brussels (VUB) — had not received a death sentence.

Belgian Minister Geert Bourgeois recently spoke to the Iranian ambassador about Professor Djalali.

“ The Iranian ambassador denied that Djalali has been sentenced to death and said that he is in pre-trial detention. He assured me that Djalali has the right to a free and fair trial, assisted by a lawyer,” Belgian Minister Geert Bourgeois said.

“Djalali’s fate is still in unknown; I am waiting for more information. It is important that Iran, with which we want to have good relations, understands clearly that we are very worried about Djalali.”

However in October 2017, the death sentence was confirmed.

Response from European Countries

Margot Wallström — the Swedish minister of foreign affairs — says that Sweden like the rest of EU condemn death penalty in all its forms.

“Death penalty is an unhuman, cruel and irreversible punishment which has no place in modern law.”

The VUB called on ‘politicians, diplomats, scientists and other citizens’ to take a firm stand and protest against Djalali’s conviction.

An event at the initiative of Amnesty International took place on Thursday December 14 2017 at 18:00 in front of the Iranian Embassy in Brussels. A few dozen people showed up.

Ahmad Reza Djalali: Death Sentence Without a Trial

REFERENCES

VUB professor Ahmadreza Djalali sentenced to death in Iran — VUB Official website

Disaster medicine scientist sentenced to death in Iran — Science

Iran sentences ‘Mossad agent’ to death over scientist killings — Reuters

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

UPDATE

Pressure mounts on Iran over academic who faces death sentence — Nature

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Iran — Brussels professor faces death penalty

One Year Ago — “Brussels Professor” Faces Death Penalty in Iran

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