Death sen­tence for Karolin­ska re­searcher

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An Ira­nian re­searcher from Stock­holm’s Karolin­ska In­sti­tute has been sen­tenced to death in Iran on spy­ing charges. Ah­madreza Djalali has also been found guilty of “spread­ing cor­rup­tion on earth”, the most se­ri­ous of­fence un­der Ira­nian law, said Amnesty In­ter­na­tional, which has con­demned the 46-year-old’s “grossly un­fair trial”. Dr Djalali was ar­rested in April 2016 while vis­it­ing the Univer­sity of Tehran and Shi­raz Univer­sity, where he had been in­vited to at­tend a work­shop on dis­as­ter medicine. He was held with­out ac­cess to a lawyer for seven months, three of them in soli­tary con­fine­ment. Dr Djalali has claimed that he was twice forced to make “confessions” in front of a video cam­era by reading state­ments writ­ten by his in­ter­roga­tors.

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