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Amnesty Calls On Iran To Provide Medical Care For Ailing Scientist In Jail

Iranian scientist and physician Ahmadreza Jalali prior to his detention (L) and in a photo from prison. (undated)

Amnesty International has urged Tehran’s Prosecutor General to allow an imprisoned Swedish-Iranian scientist to receive specialized medical care after months of suffering from serious health problems.

In a letter to the prosecutor, Ali Alghasi Mehr, the international human rights organization has noted that Ahmadreza Jalali (Djalali), who has been in prison since 2016, suffers from a low white blood cell count and has lost 24 kilograms (nearly 53 pounds).

Jalali, a resident of Sweden since 2009, is a physician and researcher focused on crisis management affiliated with the Karolinska Institute near Stockholm. While on an official academic visit hosted by Tehran University, Jalali was accused of “collaboration with a hostile government” and arrested in April 2016. Since then, he has been kept behind bars at Tehran’s notorious Evin prison.

Jalali was tried by a notorious hardliner Judge, Abolqassem Salavati in a Revolution Court and sentenced to death for “corruption on Earth” on October 21, 2017. The charge is based on a vague religious principle. Salavati is well-known for issuing harsh sentences, especially in political cases.

In its letter, Amnesty urges Tehran’s prosecutor “to immediately grant Ahmadreza Djalali the specialized medical care he needs outside prison and stop using the denial of timely and adequate medical care as a form of additional punishment”.

The letter also calls for Jalali’s immediate release and “accord him an enforceable right to compensation, as per the recommendation of the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention in his case.”

Last December, more than 100 Nobel laureates called upon Iran's Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, to allow the ailing Jalali to "return home" to his wife and children.