Swedish court begins trial of Iranian man accused of killing political prisoners

Published : 12 Aug 2021 08:41 PM

Dr Pradip Kar, Stockholm

Hundreds of Iranian protesters gathered outside a courthouse in Stockholm on Tuesday to protest against the Tehran government on the opening day of a trial in a Swedish court against Hamid Nuri, a 60-year-old Iranian man. 

Hamid Nouri has been held in custody in Sweden for almost two years and is accused of playing a key role in the killing of political prisoners sentenced to death by government order in the Gohardashat prison in Karaz, Iran, in 1986. 

According to Swedish authorities, Hamid Nouri was a prosecution officer who worked in prisons. He is suspected of being involved in the killing of prisoners, as well as other imprisoned killers, who are affiliated with or sympathetic to the Iranian People's Mujahideen opposition group. 

In a 2018 report, Amnesty International put the death toll at 50,000, although "the actual number could be much higher." Iran has never acknowledged the killings. It should be noted here that under Swedish law, the court may try Swedish citizens and other citizens for crimes against international law committed abroad.