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Iran's Zarif says will see if Swedish-Iranian scientist's death sentence can be delayed

Iran's Zarif says will see if Swedish-Iranian scientist's death sentence can be delayed
FILE PHOTO: Iran's Foreign Minister Javad Zarif holds a lecture at Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) in Stockholm, Sweden, August 21, 2019. TT News Agency/Janerik Henriksson via REUTERS/File Photo -
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STOCKHOLM (Reuters) – Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Wednesday Tehran “will do its best” to see if the death sentence on Swedish-Iranian scientist Ahmadreza Djalali can be delayed.

“We will do our best on humanitarian grounds to see if the sentence on Mr. Djalali can be delayed, but he has been accused of multiple capital crimes… and he has been convicted of them,” he said in response to a journalist’s question at the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI).

Djalali, a medical doctor and lecturer at the Karolinska Institute in the Swedish capital, was arrested in Iran in April 2016 and later convicted of espionage, having been accused of providing information to Israel to help it assassinate several senior nuclear scientists.

(Reporting by Simon Johnson in Stockholm; Writing by Tuqa Khalid in Dubai; Editing by Toby Chopra)

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