By Iran Probe Staff
Sunday, 11 February 2018
Four UN human rights experts on Friday, 9 February 2018 issued a joint statement repeating a call on the Iranian regime to urgently annul the death penalty for Ahmadreza Djalali, a university professor, according to the website of "United Nations High Commissioner on Human Rights".
“We urgently call on Iran to lift the death sentence imposed on Dr. Djalali, as the State has apparently not complied with its international obligations to give him a fair trial and the right to appeal,” They said in their statement.
The experts who issued this statement are Ms. Asma Jahangir, Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran; Mr. Nils Melzer, Special Rapporteur on torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment; Ms. Agnes Callamard, Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions; and Mr. José Antonio Guevara Bermúdez, current Chair-Rapporteur of the Working Group on Arbitrary Detention.
A while back, in the same case, the experts issued a joint statement on December 23, 2017.
“We urge the authorities to annul the death sentence against Dr. Djalali and to release him”, the experts added in their statement released in Geneva.
Doctor Ahmadreza Djalali, an Iranian national and resident of Sweden, is a medical doctor, lecturer and researcher in disaster medicine who was arrested on charge of espionage in April 2016.
Recently, Iranian state television aired a video of Djalali’s apparent “confession”, but he rejected a spy charge by releasing an audio file from jail and insisted that his television confessions had been distorted.