News ID: 321522
Published: 0415 GMT May 10, 2022

Iran rules out prisoner swap with Sweden

Iran rules out prisoner swap with Sweden

Iran's Judiciary dismissed on Tuesday the possibility of a prisoner swap that would see a former Iranian government employee on trial in Stockholm released in exchange for a Swedish-Iranian academic on death row for espionage for Israel.

The two cases “have nothing to do with each other... as a result, there is no question of an exchange”, spokesman for the Judiciary, Zabihollah Khodaeian, told a press conference in Tehran.

The remarks come as former prison official Hamid Nouri, 61, is set to be sentenced in July in a trial in Sweden. His trial, condemned by Iran, ended on Wednesday. He could face a life sentence in Sweden.

Nouri was arrested in November 2019 and faces charges for an alleged role claimed by anti-Iran terrorist Mujahedin Khalq Organization (MKO) in the execution and torture of its imprisoned members in 1988. Nouri vehemently rejects the allegations.

Ahmad Reza Jalali, an Iranian resident of Sweden, would be reportedly executed by May 21. Jalali was arrested in 2016 while visiting Iran and was sentenced to death in 2017.

He was found guilty of passing information about two Iranian nuclear scientists to Israel's Mossad spy agency that led to their assassinations.

The Judiciary spokesman said that Nouri is “innocent and his trial is illegitimate”, while Jalali was “arrested two years prior” to the former prison official.

“A final verdict has been issued” against Jalali, and the Iranian Judiciary will act accordingly, Khodaeian added.

On Monday, Secretary of Iran’s High Council for Human Rights Kazem Gharibabadi described Nouri’s trial as unfair.

Regarding Jalali’s case, Gharibabadi said that the Swedish ambassador in Tehran would come to his office complaining about Iran’s detention of “an innocent university professor,” while at the time of his arrest Jalali did not even have dual nationality. Swedish citizenship was granted to him later.

In February 2018, Stockholm confirmed that Jalali had been granted Swedish citizenship.



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