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Iran censures Sweden's trial of Iranian national as 'siding with MKO terrorists'

Yusef Jalali

Press TV, Tehran

Unlawful and unfair; this is how experts refer to Sweden's trial of Hamid Nouri, a former Iranian judiciary official, who has been in detention in Sweden for the past two years over alleged prisoner abuse in 1988.

Here in Iran, this group of law experts have gathered to examine the rights violations Sweden has committed against Hamid Nouri for charging him without solid evidence. The suit was lodged by members of the Mujahedin Khalq Organization, or MKO, a formidable terror group responsible for most of the assassinations that have targeted Iranian people and officials since the Islamic Revolution in 1979.

The terror group claims that Nouri was involved in the execution and torture of its members in 1988. The Swedish prosecutor has charged Nouri with war crimes and crimes against humanity, something which the ex-Iranian official dismisses as imaginary.

Swedish prosecutors have now requested the maximum penalty of life imprisonment for Nouri. The final verdict is scheduled to be handed down on July 14.

Nouri was arrested upon arrival in Sweden at Stockholm Airport in 2019 and was immediately imprisoned. Nouri, now 61, has been held in solitary confinement for over two years and his family has not been allowed to visit him in prison.

People here say Sweden's trial of Nouri follows baseless allegations made by a terrorist organization and therefore it has no legal grounds. They asked Sweden to release the Iranian national; otherwise, they say, it could be construed that the Swedish judicial system is swayed by the notorious MKO terror group.

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