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Former Iranian official prosecuted in Sweden for 1988 mass executions

Former Iranian official prosecuted in Sweden for 1988 mass executions
posted onJuly 28, 2021

Swedish public prosecutors on Tuesday said they have charged an Iranian citizen with participating in mass executions and war crimes during the final phase of the Iran-Iraq war in the 1980s, Euronews reported.

The Swedish Prosecution Authority said the suspect worked in July-August 1988 as an assistant to the deputy prosecutor in the Gohardasht prison outside the Iranian city of Karaj and allegedly took part in severe atrocities there,” the news agency explained.

According to the Swedish prosecutors, Iran’s then supreme leader, Ayatollah Khomeini, issued an order for the execution of all prisoners in Iranian jails who sympathized and remained loyal to the Mujahedin organization, a political-militant organization, which advocated overthrowing the leadership of the Islamic Republic of Iran and installing its own government.

Due to Khomeini’s order, many prisoners were executed in the Gohardasht prison between July 30 and August 16, 1988, the prosecutors said. 

According to a Swedish indictment, the suspect “along with other perpetrators in the prison, participated in mass executions and is suspected of having intentionally deprived the lives of a very large number of prisoners who sympathised with the Mujahedin.”

He has been identified as Hamid Nouri, a 60-year-old former Iranian prosecutor.