Iran: Family of a Swedish doctor who was sentenced to death

Iran: Family of a Swedish doctor who was sentenced to death
He usually traveled to Tehran in connection with his work and then returned to his home in Stockholm. On the day when he was going to Tehran for two weeks, it was a regular visit for him but his wife Vida Mehranania now regrets that she did not even say 'goodbye' to her husband. .

A doctor by profession, Ahmadreza Jalali often visited Iran to attend seminars and give lectures. He was an expert in emergency medicine.

In 2016, as they left home for the airport, Vida had no idea what had happened that they called him on the way and wished him a 'safe journey'.

During a conversation at a cafe in Stockholm, he told me, "At the time, the two-week separation seemed too much."

She could not meet me at her home because her young son does not know that his father is in Iran prison. He still thinks his father has gone out for work.

For four years, Iranian-Swedish doctor Ahmadreza Jalali has been in prison in Iran. He has been arrested by the Iranian intelligence agency on espionage charges.

He is accused of providing intelligence to Israeli intelligence agency Mossad and helping in the killing of Iranian nuclear scientists.

He is sentenced to death by an Iranian court. While his lawyer says that he has been threatened and confessed to the crime.

On 24 October this year, Jalali is sent to solitary confinement in the Avin prison. It is the largest prison in Tehran. Most political prisoners are kept here.

On 1 December, he spoke to his family briefly over the phone. He then informed that he has been given the death penalty here.

Vida says Iranian authorities are preparing to punish her 45-year-old husband, Ahmadreja Jalali.

"He was very desperate and was asking for help to save my life," he told the BBC.

"They are feeling very weak themselves. They feel that they cannot do anything and they have no way of saving their lives because they are alone in jail."

He again spoke to his 18-year-old daughter.

Vida says, "She (her daughter) was crying. She pleaded with all politicians and human rights activists to save her father's life."

"It is very difficult to get through all of this. No one can imagine the situation we are going through. It's like torture."

"My youngest son was four years old when Ahmedre went to Iran. Now he is eight years old," says Vida.

"He always asks about his father. He remembers the time when his father carried him on his shoulders and they used to have a lot of fun."

Ahmedza Jalali has said that if he is hanged then his son should not be told how his father died.

Ahmadreja Jalali came to Sweden in 2009 for further studies.

His family came to live with him after a year. He was then selected to do his PhD at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm.

After this he went to Italy Post Doctoral. In 2015, he returned to Sweden.

Prior to his arrest in Iran, his family was living like a normal family.

Sweden granted him his citizenship in 2018. At this time, he was in prison in Iran. Some people in Iran reacted to this, proving that they are 'a heritage for the West'.

However, his wife refused to accept it. He said that after completing his PhD, he was allowed to stay permanently.

He was an eminent scientist in Sweden. He worked to make the hospital resistant.

His photo is still pasted on the notice board of the hospital where the Carolina Institute branch is located.

He was always in contact with his PhD supervisor Professor Lisa Kurland. In April 2017, the two were scheduled to meet in connection with some research but the meeting never took place again.

Professor Lisa Kurland says, "I'm surprised to see what happened to her. I asked her long ago and every time she returned from there she would ask if these trips were safe for her and she answered yes." used to give."

When Ahmadreza Jalali was arrested in Iran, his family members initially told their friends and co-workers that he had an accident and was hospitalized.

The family felt that this would help their release but it did not. Then they decided to make it public.

Lisa says that when news of her death sentence was received, it was unthinkable to believe it.

She says, "I remember her passion for how she wanted to bring about a change in society. She wanted to use scientific tools and methods for her PhD, but she also wanted to help the people of Iran through it. "

Ahmadreza's friends and colleagues showed me pictures of him while attending seminars in many places in Europe and Iran.

Both Katrina Bohm and Veronica Lindstrom were Associate Professors with him and shared the same desk at the Caroline Institute.

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