Sweden's trial of ex-Iranian official 'unlawful, unfair'
Iran's Secretary of the High Council for Human Rights says that Sweden's trial of former Iranian official Hamid Nouri violates human rights.
Iran's Secretay of High Council for Human Rights Kazem Gharibabadi described Sweden’s trial of former Iranian official Hamid Nouri as “unlawful and unfair."
Gharibabadi said Nouri's trial is a sham that violates the principles of justice and human rights.
In 2019, Nouri was arrested upon his arrival in Sweden over alleged human rights abuses. During a recent court session, Swedish prosecutors called for his life imprisonment, IRNA mentioned.
According to Press TV, Nouri is accused of alleged involvement in the "execution" and "torture" of terrorist Mujahedin-e-Khalq Organization (MKO) members in 1988, allegations that Nouri firmly rejects.
Gharibabadi pointed out that "Nouri has been arrested based on false accusations and his detention is regarded as forced disappearance since his family was kept unaware of the arrest," reported the Iranian news agency.
The Iranian diplomat underscored that flagrant behavior against Nouri is in violation of the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations, adding that "Sweden's failure to inform the Iranian embassy and Nouri’s family of his whereabouts are other examples of inhumane measures against him."
Gharibabadi noted that Nouri's family was denied meeting him for two years and that the detained former official was kept in solitary confinement.
The Iranian secretary indicated that “Swedish prosecutors’ failure to carry out independent investigations and their move to issue criminal charges against Nouri, based on unfounded remarks by some members of the terrorist Mujahedin-e-Khalq Organization (MKO), as well as denying him a lawyer are another evidence indicating that his trial is a show that pursues political purposes.”
Gharibabadi stressed that the Swedish government should be held accountable for medical negligence, torture, and the long solitary confinement of Nouri.
“It is now time for Sweden to decide whether it wants to stand by terrorists or abide by its international obligations to counter terror groups,” he considered.