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VUB-prof is already two years imprisoned in Iran: ‘He is unrecognizable, emaciated. He looks dying out’

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Today is the second anniversary of the Iranian scientist and UNIVERSITY guest lecturer Ahmadreza Djalali was locked in the Evingevangenis in Tehran. There he sits because he was accused of espionage and, after a mock trial, condemned to death. The photos that are fellow and UZ spoedarts Gerlant Van Berlaer forwarded received, show a severely emaciated Djalali. ‘Ahmadreza is almost unrecognisable emaciated. He looks dying out’, says Van Berlaer.

Djalali taught at the Karolinska institute in Stockholm, sweden and was also a guest lecturer at the VUB in Brussels. In October 2017, was the Iranian scientist in his home country and sentenced to death for espionage, after he after psychological torture false confessions would have passed. In January suspended Iran the execution of his sentence, after pressure from the West. In February naturaliseerde Sweden Djalali still in the hope the execution can be avoided.

According to Van Berlaer is the scientist, however, now left to its fate in the prison. “It is a conscious strategy of Iran,” he says. ‘Him execute they dare not to the mainly economic ties with Europe not to blow up, but let him go free would be too much loss of face will mean for the court and the intelligence service in Iran. His situation is completely stuck, and so they leave him languishing in his cell.’

The pressure from Europe seems in the meantime to recede and also from Iran is not more openly about Djalali communicated. Was repeatedly by Iranian officials said that the situation would be reviewed and that he medical care would get. “We call on all politicians, but especially all of the businessmen to accept his situation lasting to reject all Iranian contacts,” says Van Berlaer.

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