Belgium writes a letter to Ayatollah Khamenei against execution of Ahmadreza Djalali
Flemish prime minister Jan Jambon has discussed the imminent execution of Iranian professor Ahmadreza Djalali with the Belgian Ambassador of Irand, Mr. G. Hussein Dehgani. Jambon will also write a letter to Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Khamenei.
Dr Djalali, a doctor of medicine affiliated with the University of Brussels (VUB) was detained by the Iranian security services in 2016 during a working visit to Iran. He has been accused of espionage and was sentenced to death.
During the phone call with the Ambassador, the prime minister expressed his deep concern over the fate of Mr. Djalali. He also spoke out in the strongest terms against carrying out the death sentence on Professor Djalali and called for a solution.
Jambon will also write to Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei, the European Union's High Representative for Foreign Relations Josep Borrell and prime minister Alexander De Croo to raise the issue. It will be his second letter. In 2020, he has already addressed a letter to High Representative Borrell, to his Swedish and federal counterparts and to the Iranian authorities.
Professor Djalali's case has stirred up emotions for years. The Flemish Parliament has passed several resolutions against the execution of the death penalty for Professor Djalali.
© BELGA PHOTO Ahmadreza Djalali two years after his detention.