Death sentence for Karolinska researcher
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.