Iran Calls On UN To Hold Sweden Accountable For Illegal Detention of Ex-Official

Iran on Tuesday called on the UN to hold the government of Sweden accountable for illegal detention and trial of former Iranian official Hamid Nouri.

Iranian Judiciary Chief’s Deputy for International Affairs and Secretary of the High Council for Human Rights, Kazem Gharibabadi in a letter to the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, demanded an immediate release of Nouri and expressed “deep concern” over human rights violation committed by the Swedish authorities against Nouri.

Nouri was arrested by Sweden’s security upon his arrival to the country in November 2019, and was not allowed to contact his family for four months and also prevented from meeting his family in person for two years.

Nouri’s family members had traveled to Sweden several times, but every time they were not allowed to meet Nouri.

Swedish prosecutors have requested a maximum penalty of life imprisonment for Nouri for his alleged role of touring and abusing prisoners in the 1980s.

“Arbitrary arrest and illegal trial of Nouri violates international agreements signed by Sweden,” Gharibabadi wrote in the letter.

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