Because he allegedly spied for Israel, Iran apparently wants to kill a Swedish doctor in a few days. The Swedish Foreign Minister calls for the release of the man.
According to a news report, Iran wants to execute a Swedish doctor for allegedly spying for Israel. The execution of Ahmad-Resa J., who also has Iranian nationality, is expected to take place by May 21, according to a report by Iranian news agency Isna. There was initially no official comment from the judiciary. Iran and Israel are enemies of each other. Swedish Foreign Minister Ann Linde spoke of “extremely worrying information” and called for the man’s release.
The disaster doctor and lecturer was arrested during a visit to Iran in 2016 for allegedly working for Israel’s Mossad intelligence service. A revolutionary tribunal condemned him to death. The decision was upheld by the Supreme Court in 2017. A year later, J. received Swedish citizenship. He has been in the notorious Evin prison in Tehran since his arrest.
Observers in Tehran say the case is linked to a court case in Sweden against Iranian Hamid N. The former bailiff is accused of involvement in mass executions and war crimes. N. faces life imprisonment. Iran’s Foreign Ministry called the case against him a “political spectacle”. The Swedish ambassador was therefore summoned earlier this week.