Stockholm has granted citizenship to Dr. Ahmadreza Djalali, an Iranian-born scientist sentenced to death in his home country for allegedly spying on behalf of the Mossad. The Swedish Foreign Ministry stated that it is demanding that the death penalty that Djalali, a lecturer at Stockholm’s Karolinska Institute, received be rescinded.

Dr. Ahmadreza Djalali

Dr. Ahmadreza Djalali Photo Credit: Facebook screenshot

Sweden has granted citizenship to an Iranian-born scientist who has been convicted of working with the Mossad, the Swedish Foreign Ministry stated on Saturday. The scientist, Dr. Ahmadreza Djalali, was sentenced to death about two months ago.

Djalali, a lecturer at Stockholm’s Karolinska Institute, was arrested on espionage charges in April 2016 when he was on a business trip in his home country. In an interview that was broadcasted on Iranian television a few months ago, Djalali admitted that the provided the Mossad with information on senior Iranian nuclear scientists. It is unclear, however, whether he was forced by the Iranian authorities to give the confession.

According to human rights agencies, Iranian prisoners are not given a fair trial. “Ahmadreza Djalali was sentenced to death after a grossly unfair trial that once again exposes not only the Iranian authorities’ steadfast commitment to use of the death penalty but their utter contempt for the rule of law,” stated Amnesty International official Philip Luther at the time of Djalali’s sentencing.

“We are confirming that citizenship has been granted by the Immigration Board,” a Swedish Foreign Ministry spokeswoman stated. “We are in continuous contact with the Iranian representatives. We’ve asked to obtain access to Djalali and we’ve presented Sweden’s stance on the death penalty, a sanction that we condemn in all its forms. Our demand is that the death penalty not be carried out.”