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Iranian-Swedish national sentenced to death for collaborating with the Mossad
The man who was sentenced allegedly provided information to the Mossad that led to the murder of at least two Iranian nuclear scientists
By News Desk - May 05 2022

(Photo Credits: AFP)

The state-run Iranian Students News Agency (ISNA) revealed on 4 May that Iranian-Swedish national Ahmadreza Djalali has been sentenced to death and will be executed on 21 May under charges of spying for Israel.

Djalali was imprisoned in 2016 on espionage charges. His death sentence has been upheld by the Islamic Republic’s Supreme Court.

According to Iranian officials, the classified information that Djalali provided to the Israeli Mossad led to the assassination of at least two Iranian nuclear scientists.

However, Djalali’s lawyer claims that his client’s confession was obtained through torture.

Swedish Foreign Minister Ann Linde condemned the sentencing, saying: “Sweden and (the) EU condemn the death penalty and demand that Djalali be released … We have repeatedly stated this to Iranian representatives. We are in contact with Iran.”

This news came on the same day that Iran’s Foreign Minister, Hossein Amir-Abdollahian, demanded the immediate release of Hamid Nouri, a former Iranian official who has been incarcerated in Sweden since 2019.

“The Islamic Republic of Iran considers the detention and trial of Hamid Nouri, an Iranian citizen, illegal, and demands his immediate release,” Amir-Abdollahian said in a phone conversation with his Swedish counterpart Ann Linde on 4 May.

Nouri faces charges of allegedly violating human rights during his service in 1988. The accusations leveled against him were made by members of the extremist Mujahedin-e-Khalq Organization (MKO).

Experts believe that the arrest of Hamid Nouri was intended to place pressure on the Iranian government to release Djalali.

Nouri’s wife told Press TV: “My husband traveled to Sweden on an invitation and, as he was disembarking from the plane, he was brutally detained and insulted by several police officers in front of a crowd of Iranians and others, and taken into custody.”

She added that the Swedish authorities failed to notify Nouri’s family members of his arrest, and that it was not until eight months after his incarceration that she was granted a brief phone call for the first time with her husband.

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