Flemish Prime Minister Jan Jambon has asked the Supreme Leader of Iran, Ali Khamenei, in a letter not to carry out the execution of Swedish-Iranian VUB guest professor Ahmadreza Djalali and to grant him a pardon.
On 4 May, the Flemish Parliament unanimously adopted a resolution against the execution of Djalali, which was to be carried out by 21 May. The MPs now wanted to know from the Prime Minister what he had done since then.
At the beginning of this week, in a phone call to the Iranian ambassador, Jambon “condemned the execution in extremely stern terms” and asked for alternatives. In addition to the letter to Khamenei, he also wrote to Federal Prime Minister Alexander De Croo and the High Representative of the Union Josep Borrell asking that the European Union step up pressure on Iran.
The Prime Minister acknowledged that he has few additional levers to intervene in the file. But he thinks it is important that constant attention remains for Professor Djalali. “I hope for an enhanced message from the European Union, with the help of Prime Minister De Croo.”
If the execution were to be carried out, “I will advocate additional sanctions at European level,” he added.