By Iran Probe Staff
Wednesday, 7 February 2018
In light of the news that the Iranian judiciary has confirmed Ahmadreza Djalali's death sentence, Iran's Stockholm ambassador was summoned to the Ministry for Foreign Affairs on Monday, 5 February, according to "Government Offices of Sweden" website.
Secretary of State Margot Wallström issued a statement in which she stated, “Sweden demands that the death sentence against Ahmadreza Djalali is not enforced, and has repeatedly protested against the sentence together with the other EU Member States. This is being reiterated to senior Iranian representatives today.”
The statement adds, “Sweden's position with regard to the death penalty is well-known. It is an inhuman, cruel and irreversible punishment. Sweden and the rest of the EU condemn its use in all its forms.”
Doctor Ahmadreza Djalali, an Iranian national, who lives in Sweden with his wife and two children, is a medical doctor, lecturer and researcher in disaster medicine who was arrested in Iran on charges of espionage in April 2016.
According to Ahmadreza Djalali's lawyer Zouhaier Chihaoui, on Monday, 5 February, his death sentence has been confirmed by the Supreme Court of the Islamic Republic of Iran, and therefore this sentence may be enforced at any moment.
Also, Belgian Foreign Minister, Didier Reynders repeated his call to the Iranian authorities not to implement the death penalty of VUB guest lecturer Ahmadreza Djalali.
He twitted together with his Swedish colleague Margot Wallström, "The EU and its Member States firmly condemn and oppose the use of the death penalty in all its forms," Reynders said.