Ahmadreza Djalali's wife holds a phone featuring her husband's picture.
Ahmadreza Djalali's wife holds a phone featuring her husband's picture. Credit: Tomas Oneborg/SvD/TT

Sweden protests death sentence for Karolinska researcher in Iran

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Sweden has protested against the death sentence against a researcher attached to the Karolinska Institute in Solna, who has been imprisoned in Iran since April last year.

Speaking to Swedish Television's Agenda programme on Sunday, Foreign Minister Margot Wallström said that they have been in touch with the Iranians regarding the case of researcher Ahmadreza Djalali "for an extended period of time" and that they have received confirmation that a death sentence has been issued.

Djalali is an Iranian citizen, but has lived in Sweden for years, and he has a wife and two children here and a permanent residency permit in Sweden. He was arrested during a visit in Iran last year, accused of espionage.

"We have already contacted them to protest against this. We do not take a position on the crime itself, but everybody knows that Sweden, as well as all EU-countries are strongly against the death penalty," said Wallström.

"This affects (Iran's) relations to the EU, and we will work to get the sentence changed," said Wallström.

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