The wife of Iranian-Swedish university student Ahmadreza Jalali, who is accused of espionage and is threatened with execution in Iran, called on the European Union on Saturday to release her husband in an interview with German state television.
Iranian media reported that the university student could be hanged even on May 21 (yesterday), while Iranian officials have stated that they want his death sentence to be carried out. But according to his wife, Vida Mehrania, the Iranian Minister of Justice may consider suspending the sentence.
“I hope the EU can really act decisively to bring Ahmedreza back home,” he was quoted as saying in an interview with ZDF. The EU must not “allow an innocent man to be killed in such an inhuman way,” he added.
The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights had called on Tehran on Tuesday to suspend the execution, and demanded that his sentence be revoked.
Ahmadreza Jalali, who lived in Stockholm where he worked for the Karolinska Medical Institute, was arrested during a visit to Iran in 2016. He was sentenced to death in 2017 on charges of espionage. Sweden and its supporters have denied the allegations.
In February 2018, during his detention, Sweden granted him Swedish citizenship.