“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 was arrested and sentenced to death for suspected espionage in Iran. He is scheduled for death sentence in two weeks. According to a trusted source, his case may be reviewed by the Judiciary. Follow us on Twitter: @Intel_Today
According to a very reliable and trusted source, there may be some hope for Professor Djalali. The source told me that Professor Djalali was visited today by a member of the Iranian Security Services. His case may be re-examined by the Judiciary. I do not wish to give anyone false hopes but I thought that this information should be published.
UPDATE — [Thursday, 9 February 2017 – 20:35 GMT]
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) – has 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.”
The Story of Professor Ahmadreza Djalali
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