Ahmadreza Djalali, emergency and disaster medicine physician and lecturer, is still confined in a prison in Iran awaiting execution (or a reversal of his sentence). He came, by invitation, to lecture university students when he was arrested and accused of spying. The trial was unusual, he was initially banned from seeing family or an attorney; and during the trial was allegedly not allowed to present his materials nor witnesses. Many people have advocated on his behalf – scientists, Nobel award winners, physicians, human rights groups, among others. At this time, Dr. Djalali has sent a letter encouraging his supporters to continue to speak out in his behalf. Additionally, his wife has shared his most recent picture – it is markedly different than the picture that we have when he was first detained. The letter and pictures are attached. Please continue to support Djalali and his immediate release vocally and in print.
To the noble prize winners, professors, scientists, researchers, lecturers, students, my colleagues from UPO, VUB and KI, physicians and all academicians who have supported me.
I, Ahmadreza Djalali, would like to thank you all for having supported me and my family during the past 2 years. While I have been stuck in an intelligence-political game handled by the ministry of intelligence of Iran. At the beginning of this story, and also during the staged trial (developed in fall 2017), they howed many baseless and fabricated allegations against me to sacrifice an innocent academician for their our aims and gains. But, they are going to loose these inhuman aims with the help international efforts and also my defensive documents and evidences, which clearly reject their claims. There are no physical documents or evidences against me. I have never confessed for acting against the national security of Iran, neither being a spy for Israel or transferring the information of the assassinated nuclear scientists. All claims about my confessions are lies, and that is the reason why they had to add a narrative voice on the movie broadcasted against me some months ago. Within the past 2 years, I have spent the most difficult times in the prison of Evin. I have been under psychological and physical torture and harming. I have lost about 15 kg over the last 6 months, and suffer from plenty of health problems, but have yet not received any medical services. Therefore, I am now in very high risk of sudden death. Furthermore, the death sentence is like a continuous psychological torture for me. The international support conducted by you all and academic entities have been very effective in intercepting the violent actions against me. Besides, the support has helped me keep my hope of being released. However, the problem has not yet been solved. Therefore I sincerely request you and all academicians around the world to continue your strong support for me. Please, ask Iranian officials to cancel the death sentence immediately, and free me after 2 years of unfair detention in the notorious prison of Evin. I am looking forward to the day I return to my normal life and continue my scientific research and humanitarian activities again.
Thank you so much in advance.