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VU Brussels professor sentenced to death in Iran

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    This information was forwarded to me by colleagues at Vrije Universiteit Brussels, where we had the ISB congress just five years ago. Rector Caroline Pauwels of the VUB urges everyone to sign the petition against Ahmadreza Djalali's death penalty. More information is attached below.

    Meanwhile, here in the U.S., many Iranian students and faculty are affected by the executive order banning immigration from seven countries. The American Association of University Professors is organizing a petition, which I signed last week:

    Ton van den Bogert, Biomch-L co-moderator


    Ahmadreza Djalali is a professor who was arrested and sentenced to death for suspected espionage in Iran. He teaches at the European Master in Disaster Medicine (EMDM) in Italy, a joint master by the Università degli Studi del Piemonte Orientale and the Vrije Universiteit Brussel. He is scheduled to be executed in two weeks, against which a petition has been started.

    The 45-year-old Djalali was arrested in April 2016 in Iran, while he was visiting his family. He spent no less than seven months in isolation, without ever getting a trial or seeing a lawyer.

    ‘Since Wednesday some bad news has come to light’, says De Morgen. ‘Djalali told his sister he has been forced to sign a confession, for which he will receive the death penalty. The Iranian governement is calling it a matter of national security. They blame him for collabaration with scientist from foreign, enemy states.

    Sign the petition
    Meanwhile a petition was started via and it has been signed more than 6.000 times up to now.

    Amnesty International has also been involved and more than a few prominent Iranians are supporting the petition. Djalali has a wife and two children.