The World Medical Association has called on Iran’s leaders to intervene to prevent the imminent execution of an Iranian-born Swedish doctor.
In a letter to the President and Supreme Leader of Iran, WMA President Dr. David Barbe and WMA President Dr. Frank Ulrich Montgomery said that reports indicated that the death sentence against Dr. Ahmadreza Djalali, specialist in emergency medicine.
They said the WMA was “shocked” by this news, which comes despite repeated calls from the international community for the release of Dr. Djalali.
Djalali has been in custody and faces the death penalty since his arrest in April 2016 on espionage charges.
WMA leaders write: ‘Various sources of information unanimously confirm that Dr Djalali is an emergency medicine specialist peacefully practicing his profession. We believe he is a prisoner of conscience ”.
“Freedom of expression and the right to a fair trial are fundamental human rights enshrined in the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights that the Republic of Iran ratified in 1975 and for which you are responsible. We therefore call on the Iranian authorities to take immediate action in accordance with their commitments and to release Dr. Djalali immediately and unconditionally.
“We appeal to his humanity and sense of justice and we trust that he will promptly take all necessary steps related to our demands.”