Alarm as execution looms for scientist on death row in Iran

He is being supported by a campaign by 153 Nobel laureates. In response to the latest developments, the group urged Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei to release him. The judiciary comes under the jurisdiction of the office of the supreme leader, Iran’s head of state.

“The attack on Ahmadreza Djalali is a tremendous assault to the academic community at large. It will have a chilling effect on international collaboration and trust,” says Karolinska president Ole Petter Ottersen.

A medical researcher sentenced to death in Iran three years ago on a charge of spying — which he denies — is under threat of imminent execution, Nature has been told.

Ahmadreza Djalali, a scholar in disaster medicine who has dual Iranian–Swedish nationality, is nearing the end of a week of solitary confinement at Evin prison in Tehran, where he has been held since 2016. He is expected to be transferred to Rajai Shahr prison, west of Tehran, on 1 December, where the execution could be carried out. This information is contained in a letter dated 24 November that carries the name of Mohammad Barae, understood to be a judge in Iran’s legal system.

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