0118 GMT August 18, 2022
Humanitarian standards and values regarding the rights of the ethnic minorities, Muslims and indigenous people are not upheld in the United States and some Western countries, said an Iranian official.
Making the remarks in a televised interview, Kazem Gharibabadi, the Iranian Judiciary chief's deputy for international affairs and secretary of the country's High Council for Human Rights, added the concerns expressed by the United States and some Western countries about the promotion of human rights are meant to be solely applied to other states, not themselves, ISNA reported.
He noted that Western states use human rights as a political tool to press developing countries and achieve their foreign policy objectives, regretting that having become politicized is the biggest plague infesting human rights.
Turning to the latest condition of Hamid Nouri, a former Iranian official incarcerated in Sweden since 2019, Gharibabadi said he was detained upon arrival at the airport in the Swedish capital without any charges and based on unfounded claims.
He added Nouri has been in solitary confinement under the worst conditions, with no connection with his family for the past 18 months, while deprived of medical attention.
The official said the Islamic Republic maintains that far from a legal or judicial matter, his case is a political one.
Nouri has been denied due process, Gharibabadi added, noting that his eyesight and hearing have been impaired.
This comes as, he stressed, there are three Swedish prisoners in Iran, of whom none are treated inhumanly as “our judicial system is based on Islam, which does not approve of such behaviors”.
Gharibabadi added the arrest of another Iranian national and former diplomat, Assadollah Assadi, in Germany is another cruelty by the United States and West toward Iranian people.
During a significant part of his 110-day incarceration in Germany, he was kept in a bunker, failing to have access to any facility, Gharibabadi said.
The Iranian official added Assadi underwent humiliating interrogations in this period and even did not have access to the Holy Qur’an and prayer mat the Iranian Embassy in Germany had sent for him.
This comes as, despite its numerous violations, Germany has always been among the so-called critics of the human rights situation in Iran, Gharibabadi stressed.
Nouri has been jailed in Sweden on false charges leveled against him by the anti-Iran terrorist Mojahedin-e Khalq Organization (MKO).
He was arrested upon arrival in Sweden at Stockholm Airport in November 2019 and was immediately imprisoned. He has been held in solitary confinement for over two years. Swedish prosecutors have requested the maximum penalty of life imprisonment for Nouri, accusing the former Iranian Judiciary official of prisoner abuse in 1988.
His accusers allege Nouri was involved in the execution and torture of MKO members in 1988. Nouri vehemently rejects the allegation.
According to the latest reports, judicial officials in Sweden have changed his cell, but his conditions have not improved and he is still kept in a solitary cell despite grave concerns about his health.
On Friday, Nouri strongly objected to his detention conditions, 53 days after the end of his court hearings, according to Press TV.
In a short phone call with his family, he said despite a judicial order to lift restrictions on him, he is still being held in solitary confinement.
Iranian Judiciary’s public relations department said on Friday that additional illegal restrictions have been imposed on Nouri after more than 50 days since his last trial session in Sweden. He is waiting for the announcement of a verdict.
In his short phone contact on Friday, Nouri told his family that he is not allowed to have any access to an ophthalmologist despite his worsening vision problems.
Despite enjoying diplomatic immunity, Assadi, based at that time in the Austrian capital of Vienna, was arrested on bogus charges while visiting Germany in July 2018.
Nearly three months after his arrest, he was extradited to Belgium where he is currently serving a 20-year prison sentence.