Iran seeks return of former official convicted for human rights abuses in Sweden – JURIST

Spokesperson for Iran’s Overseas Ministry Nasser Kanaani stated in a information convention Monday that Iran will proceed to hunt the discharge of former Iranian official Hamid Nouri, whose conviction and sentence of life in jail for human rights abuses in Sweden was upheld final week within the Svea Court docket of Enchantment.

Kanaani acknowledged that the Iranian authorities will proceed its efforts to safe Nouri’s launch regardless of the appeals court docket ruling, and that the decision towards Nouri was “unlawful” and “merciless.” The pinnacle of the Iranian Parliament’s Human Rights Committee Zohreh Elahian additionally announced to Iranian state information media outlet IRNA on Monday that Nouri’s household meant to file a grievance with the Worldwide Legal Court docket looking for his launch, saying:

The household of Mr. Nouri considers it their proper to not acknowledge the decision issued by the Swedish Nationwide Court docket attributable to its failure to make sure compliance with authorized requirements, and to file a grievance towards the Swedish judicial system in worldwide courts and pursue the problem by way of the Worldwide Legal Court docket.

Elahian went on to allege that Nouri has been in solitary confinement for 50 months and that the testimony at his trial was false. Sweden has beforehand been criticized by the UN Committee towards Torture for over-using solitary confinement in its jail system.

Nouri was arrested in November 2019 in a Swedish airport for his function in a collection of jail massacres in Iran in 1988. An Amnesty Worldwide report from 2018 alleged that between July and September of 1988, 1000’s of political dissidents and activists had been killed in Iranian prisons with their our bodies left in unmarked graves, a few of which have but to be found. A number of officers alleged to be concerned within the killings are nonetheless in energy together with present Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi. Nouri was convicted within the Stockholm District Court docket in 2022 for taking part in a bloodbath on the Gohardasht Jail close to Tehran. 

Nouri’s conviction has raised considerations that Iran will use two Swedish residents at the moment detained in Iran, Johan Floderus and Ahmadreza Djalali, as bargaining chips to facilitate the discharge of Nouri. Iran has finished this previously, releasing Belgian assist employee Olivier Vandecasteele in Could in alternate for Iranian official Assadolah Assadi and releasing 5 US prisoners in September in alternate for the unfreezing of $6 billion in Iranian belongings. Iran has accused Floderus of being a “proxy agent of the Zionist regime” making a number of anti-semitic claims that Floderus is a key a part of a Jewish conspiracy to spy on Iran. Floderus has been detained since 2022. Iran has accused Swedish-Iranian professor Djalali of “corruption on earth,” with an Iranian court docket sentencing him to dying. Amnesty Worldwide alleged that Djalali was informed his dying sentence can be carried out imminently, and that Sweden is holding Nouri for the aim of pressuring Iran to launch Djalali. Djalali was arrested in 2016 and was convicted in 2017. 

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