The World Medical Association, WMA, on Monday urged the Iranian authorities to stop execution of a doctor and release him unconditionally.
According to WMA, in its second urgent plea, the plea was based on reports that Dr. Ahmadreza Djalali, a specialist in emergency medicine, could be executed next week.
Djalali, an Iranian-born Swedish doctor, was arrested six years ago and sentenced to death on alleged espionage charges in October 2017, since when he has reportedly been tortured and held in solitary confinement.
The WMA President Dr. Heidi Stensmyren called for urgent release of the doctor in question.
“We appeal to the Iranian authorities to release Dr. Djalali immediately. He has been convicted and sentenced based on a confession extracted under torture and after an unfair trial. Since then, the treatment inflicted on him has been nothing less than barbaric, inhuman and unworthy of any state governed by law.
‘In the name of humanity and a sense of justice, we join the call of United Nations human rights experts to stop this execution and to release Dr. Djalali immediately and unconditionally.’