A leading human rights group said Thursday that an Iranian-Swedish scientistâ€™s execution has been halted â€” at least for now.
Ahmadreza Djalaliâ€™s planned execution is on hold for the â€œnext few days,â€Â a spokeswoman for Amnesty International told Al-Monitor.
Djalali, an emergency medicine specialist, was arrested in Iran in 2016. He was charged with espionage,Â and later sentenced to death on the charge of â€œcorruption on earth.â€Â Amnesty International said the charge is vague and that his confession was extracted via torture.
Djalali was reportedly to be put to death late last month, which prompted intervention from the Swedish government. Djalali is a citizen of both Iran and Sweden, and his family lives in the latter. Iran does not recognize dual citizenship and rejected Swedenâ€™s involvement.
It is unclear where exactly Djalaliâ€™s case stands now. The United Nations reported last week that he was to transfer to the Rajaâ€™i Shahr prison, which is routine for soon-to-be-executed prisoners. The UN also said the charges were arbitrary.
Amnesty International said the transfer to Rajaâ€™i Shahr did not take place, and that an order halted his death for the time being. The London-based organization did not have further details Thursday and called for his immediate release.
Iran receives regular criticism for its detention of foreigners on dubious charges. Last week, Iran released the Australian-British academic Kylie Moore-Gilbert from prison following protests from Australia and the United Kingdom.