Mr Djalali’s wife Vida Mehrannia received a disturbing phone call Tuesday morning, according to Mr Van Berlaer. Her husband, in tears, would have bid her farewell. He explained that he would be placed in solitary confinement in a prison in Karaj town, which is often seen as the last step before a prisoner is executed.
“It may be a maneuver by Iran to put pressure, but unfortunately, it is also very possible that he risks being executed soon”, underlines the doctor, friend of the condemned to death.
Mr. Van Berlaer will now warn the Belgian government as well as the European Commission of the worrying situation of the Iranian scientist. He hopes that the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Sophie Wilmès, will ask for more explanations from the Iranian ambassador.
Ahmadreza Djalali has been imprisoned in Iran since April 2016, accused of espionage and the death of two Iranian nuclear experts. He was sentenced to death after a sham trial according to human rights organizations. Many international efforts for his release, including a United Nations declaration, have so far failed.