May 6 – Dr. Ahmadreza Djalali, a Swedish-Iranian medical researcher, has been sentenced to death by Iran’s courts after being found guilty of spying for Israel.

Iran’s ISNA news agency reported that Djalali — who has always denied the charges and said he had been forced into making a confession by Iranian officials — would be executed on May 21.

The announcement was made on the same day that a final hearing in Sweden for alleged Iranian war criminal Hamid Noury took place. Noury has been charged with crimes against humanity for his alleged involvement in the mass executions of thousands of political prisoners in Iran in the 1980s.

Iran was ranked the world’s third worst country for press freedom in an annual index produced by Reporters Without Borders (RSF).

RSF said there had been an increase in arbitrary arrests and convictions, with more journalists being imprisoned and denied medical care.

The report added that at least 1,000 journalists and citizen-journalists had been arrested, detained, murdered, disappeared or executed by Iran’s regime since 1979.

And one of three cheetah cubs has died in Iran days after being delivered by caesarian section. The cubs were the first Asiatic cheetahs to be born in captivity and are a critically endangered species.

The babies were born in Iran’s Touran Wildlife Refuge and a nationwide campaign was launched to find names for the cubs.

The cheetah’s cause of death was discovered after an autopsy found a birth defect in the cub’s left lung. Fewer than 20 cheetahs have been spotted in Iran, with less than 100 cats estimated to be living in the wild.

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