Berlin, Germany – The wife of Iranian-Swedish citizen Ahmadreza Djalali, who is accused of espionage and threatened with execution in Iran, on Saturday called on the EU to secure her husband’s release.
“I hope that the EU can really act decisively to bring home Ahmadreza,” Vida Mehrunnia said in an excerpt from an interview on Germany’s ZDF channel.
The EU must not “allow an innocent man to be killed in such an inhuman way”, she added.
Djalali was sentenced to death in 2017 due to accusations of espionage, accusations that were denied by Sweden and his followers.
Iranian media had said he could be hanged on Saturday, a verdict that Iranian officials have said they want to enforce.
According to his wife, the execution did not take place.
She said Iran’s justice minister was considering postponing the verdict.
Djalali, who was based in Stockholm where he worked for Karolinska Medical Institute, was arrested during a visit to Iran in 2016.
In February 2018, while he was still in custody, Sweden granted the academic Swedish citizenship.