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Wife of Tehran death-row lecturer in Brussels

The wife of a guest lecturer at Brussels’ Dutch-Medium Free University VUB that is on death row in his native Iran is in Brussels for talks with Belgian and EU politicians. Ahmadreza Djalali was sentenced to death by a court in Tehran last year.  

Vida Mehrannia is in Brussels with her two children. They hope to convince European politicians to put pressure on the Iranian President Hassan Rohani. Mr Djalali has been in prison for over two years, during which time he has been denied medical treatment despite his health having deteriorated.   

The Chair of the International Observatory of Human Rights (IOHR) Valerie Peay who has accompanied Ms Mehrannia and her children on their visit says that Mr Djalali’s duel Iranian-Swedish nationality is being used as a bargaining chip by the authorities in Iran. Ms Paey also called for him to be given a fair trial.

Among the polictician Ms Mehrannia’s party are meeting are the Flemish Prime Minister Geert Bourgeois (Flemish nationalist) and the leader of the liberal group in the European Parliament Guy Verhofstadt.