By Iran Probe Staff
Saturday, 23 December 2017
Four UN human rights rapporteur on Wednesday issued a joint statement in which it called on the Iranian regime to immediately abolish the death penalty for Ahmadreza Djalali, a university professor.
According to the website of "United Nations High Commissioner on Human Rights", The experts who issued this statement are Mr. José Antonio Guevara Bermúdez, current Chair-Rapporteur of the Working Group on Arbitrary Detention; 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 Ms. Asma Jahangir, Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran.
These experts pointed in their statement to reports that Djalali had been held incommunicado, denied access to a lawyer, and forced to confess.
They also maintained that "No formal charges were brought against him for nearly 10 months and he was effectively prevented from exercising his right to challenge the legality of detention".
Djalali's rights to a fair trial before an independent and impartial tribunal and to an effective defence have been violated,” they also add.
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.