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Jailed Iranian-Swedish scientist pressured to accept new charges

Ahmad Reza Jalali

In a telephone conversation with his family, Iranian-Swedish scientist and disaster medicine expert Dr. Ahmad Reza Jalali revealed that he has been under pressure to admit to new charges against him and participate in another "forced confession" in front of cameras.

Jalali's wife, Vida Mehran Nia, disclosed that her husband had been taken to solitary confinement outside Tehran's notorious Evin Prison.

"My husband told me on the phone that he had been under heavy pressure to submit to a forced confession," Ms. Mehran Nia said, adding, "They (intelligence agents) have threatened him to either admit new accusations or be prepared for the execution of death penalty issued against him."

In an unexpected move last Monday, Ahmad Reza Jalali was mysteriously transferred to an unknown place of detention.

While on an official academic visit hosted by Tehran University, Jalali, 47, was accused of “collaboration with a hostile government” and arrested in April 2016.

Since then, he has been kept behind bars at Tehran’s notorious Evin Prison.

He was later shown on state TV in December 2017, confessing to providing information to Israel's Mossad spy agency about Iranian military and nuclear scientists, including two who were assassinated in 2010.

In a voice recording that was published on YouTube on October 22, Jalali is heard saying that, while in solitary confinement, he was twice forced to make “confessions” in front of a video camera by reading out statements pre-written by his interrogators.

Amnesty International and other rights groups have condemned Jalali's detention, saying it follows a pattern of Iran detaining dual nationals and expatriates indefinitely without due process.

Immediately after Iran's Supreme Court upheld Jalali's death sentence, Sweden granted him citizenship, soliciting a protest from Iran.

Iran does not recognize dual nationality.

Last Modified: Tuesday، 06 August 2019 12:35 AM