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Iran upholds death sentence for Iranian academic with Swedish residency: Amnesty

Iran upholds death sentence for Iranian academic with Swedish residency: Amnesty
From Reuters - December 12, 2017

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Irans Supreme Court has upheld a death sentence against an Iranian academic with Swedish residency convicted of espionage, Amnesty International said on Tuesday.

Ahmadreza Djalali, a doctor and lecturer at the Karolinska Institute, a Stockholm medical university, was accused of providing information to Israel to help it assassinate several senior nuclear scientists.

Djalali was arrested in Iran in April 2016 and later convicted of espionage. He denied the charges, Amnesty said.

At least four scientists were killed between 2010 and 2012 in what Tehran said was a program of assassinations aimed at sabotaging its efforts to develop nuclear energy. Iran hanged a man in 2012 over the killings, saying he had links to Israel.

Djalalis lawyers were told on Saturday that the Supreme Court had considered his case and upheld his Oct. 24 sentence in a secret process without allowing them to file defense submissions, London-based Amnesty said.

This is not only a shocking assault on the right to a fair trial but is also in utter disregard for Ahmadreza Djalalis right to life, Magdalena Mughrabi, Amnestys deputy director for the Middle East and North Africa, said in a statement.

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