Belgium University Professor Sentenced to Death in Iran

“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]


Professor Ahmadreza Djalali

Professor Ahmadreza Djalali was arrested and sentenced to death for suspected espionage in Iran.  He is scheduled for death sentence in two weeks. Follow us on Twitter: @Intel_Today

Professor Ahmadreza Djalali teaches 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].

Professor Djalali — 45-year old — was arrested in April 2016 in Iran, while visiting his family. He has spent the last seven months in isolation, without ever getting a trial or seeing a lawyer. Professor Djalali told his sister he has been forced to sign a confession

LIFE — 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 focuses on how hospitals can best prepare for events with large numbers of casualties, including natural disasters and terrorist attacks.

ARREST — Djalali 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 infamous Evin Prison.

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LEGAL CHARGES — His family has been informed that the investigation relates to an issue of ‘national security’. The Iranian government is calling it a matter of national security. They blame him for collaboration with scientists from foreign enemy states. The joint masters program draws students and professors from countries around the world — including the United States, Saudi Arabia, and Israel.

STATUS — 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 26 December 2016.

DEATH SENTENCE — February 2017


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

Disaster medicine scientist sentenced to death in Iran — Science

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1 Response to Belgium University Professor Sentenced to Death in Iran

  1. mohandeer says:

    The most pertinent facts in this article can be found in this sentence: “The joint masters program draws students and professors from countries around the world — including the United States, Saudi Arabia, and Israel.”
    The Five Eyes have all been pro “US, Saudi and Israel” in their support of regime change in Iraq, Syria and Libya, as were several of the EU countries, they also did a propaganda number promoting the merits of the White Helmets – now a proven ISIS/Israeli/Saudi/US not so “medical” terrorist element, so espionage was never a fanciful charge. The sad thing is, without a trial and public exposure of his activities, we will never know what he did that so angered the Iranians and whether he was guilty or innocent of the charges.
    Iran needs to do better in handing out death sentences without trial if it is to be considered, by those who have no claim themselves,(to fair and reasonable avenues of justice)a “civilized” country. Just ask Snowden, Assange, Manning etc.etc.


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