Iran: Court upholds death sentence against alleged Mossad-linked scientist

The Iranian Supreme Court Monday confirmed death sentence against Ahmadreza Djalali, a researcher accused of working with Israel foreign secret service Mossad.

Djalali was handed death sentence in October for giving secret information to Mossad. The sentence was confirmed early this month, Times of Israel reports.

He was arrested during a trip to his country in 2016 for having given information to Israel the previous year, at the time Iran was negotiating the nuclear deal with world powers, the Israeli media notes.

The Physician and researcher in disaster relief was a visiting professor at Belgium’s Vrije University.

He appeared on TV early this month confessing to have given to Israel’s intelligence agency information about Iranian military and nuclear scientists, including two who were assassinated in 2010.

In the confession, Djalali indicated that he had been approached while he was studying in a European country by a man identified as “Thomas”. The man offered him a job and recruited him to the foreign secret service of that European country. He also received promise to get that country’s citizenship.

He added that he was probably approached because he worked on a project for Iran’s Defense Ministry before his trip to the European country.

Amnesty International condemned Djalali’s detention while noting that the judiciary did not allow his defense team to submit evidences that the researcher did not commit any offense.

“This is not only a shocking assault on the right to a fair trial, but is also in utter disregard for Ahmadreza Djalali’s right to life,” said Magdalena Mughrabi, Amnesty’s internal deputy director for the Middle East and North Africa.

Djalali’s alleged league with Mossad led to the assassination of two Iranian nuclear scientists, Majid Shahriari and Masoud Alimohammadi, killed in bomb blasts in 2010.

The two scientists, according to the prosecution, are part of 30 outstanding Iranian figures involved in the country’s military and nuclear research program decried by world powers.

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  1. Interesting report but confusing content. You refer to this scientist being approached by “EUROPEAN security agency” and to have the possibility of gaining citizenship of that “european country”. So where does Israel fit into this equasion ?

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