Iranian Official Sanctioned in Sweden for 1988 Genocide

Swedish public prosecutors have charged an Iranian citizen with participating in genocides during the final phase of the Iran-Iraq war in the 1980s.

The suspect, Hamid Nouri, 60, who was arrested last 2019 was reportedly an assistant to the deputy prosecutor in the Gohardasht prison.

According to Swedish prosecutors, Nouri allegedly subjected “prisoners to severe suffering which is deemed torture and inhuman treatment.”

Most of the victims were political prisoners who are members of the People’s Mujahedeen that had sided with Iraq during the conflict.

The Swedish prosecutors said Iran’s then supreme leader, Ayatollah Khomeini ordered the mass execution of People’s Mujahedeen members after the conflict.

Most of the executions reportedly occurred in the Gohardasht Prison in Karaj where the Nouri worked between July 30 and August 16, 1988.

Under Swedish law, war crimes are considered one of the gravest offenses while the national court has universal jurisdiction for violations of international law.

Nouri’s trial is set to start on August 10 and is expected to last for several months.

Among those implicated in the 1988 genocide were Iran’s current president Ebrahim Raisi and other high-ranking government officials.

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