Iran condemns Sweden court illegal verdict against Iran ex-official

Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Nasser Kanani on Thursday strongly condemned a statement issued by a Swedish court which had sentenced Hamid Nouri, a former Iranian official to life imprisonment under baseless allegations.

The court statement is fundamentally rejected, distorted and unacceptable, the spokesman said, adding that the court lacks legal legitimacy to deal with the case.  

Kanani noted that Iran holds Sweden accountable for the damages caused to bilateral relations between the two countries by this statement and ruling.    

“Islamic Republic of Iran strongly condemns this political statement which includes baseless and fabricated allegations against the Islamic Republic of Iran and the judicial statement of our country and also an announcement of life sentence for Mr. Hamid Nouri,” the spokesman said.

He argued that instead of responding to the Iranian public opinion about allowing free activity of a terrorist group, the Swedish judicial system is supporting and promoting terrorism in practice.

Kanani regretted that Sweden has put its judicial system at the service of the criminal goals of MKO terrorist group.  

Hamid Nouri, who has been in solitary confinement in Sweden since 2019, was sentenced to life imprisonment by a court in Sweden on Thursday. 

Nouri was arrested by Swedish police in late 2019 on baseless allegations against him by the MKO terrorist group.

Speaking at a phone conversation with his family in late June, Nouri had complained that the restrictions on him had been increased while it was more than 50 days after his final trial and he was waiting for the verdict of the court.   

He said that all his contacts with his family has been cut and he had only been able to have two short phone calls with his family.

These two phone calls were even strictly controlled in the presence of an interpreter, he added.

Nouri said that although he was suffering from eye problems, he had no access to optometrist.

He also talked about his physical torture in the Swedish prison as he said three police officers had beaten him up severely at the head and the ears so that his ears were still aching.

The former Iranian official had complained that he was being kept at solitary confinement for two years and eight months while no human rights body had followed up his case. 

In a mid-July letter to the United Nations high commissionaire on human rights Michelle Bachelet, the secretary of Iran’s High Council for Human Rights Kazem Gharibabadi, gave an explanation of Nouri’s situation and expressed grave concern over the violation of his human rights.

Gharibabadi said that Sweden’s treatment of Nouri constituted a violation of several international treaties, conventions, and law on human rights.

The Iranian official called on Bachelet to hold Sweden accountable, prevent continuation of human rights violations, and make efforts to release Nouri, and compensate him for damages.

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