0631 GMT September 26, 2022
The Iranian Judiciary spokesman said Iranian citizen Hamid Nouri is being kept in prison under the severest conditions in Sweden and, while his time for filing an appeal is running out, the court ruling has not yet been handed over to him in Persian.
Making the remarks in an address to a weekly press conference, Masoud Setaieshi added that Iran expects the Swedish judicial system to stop making up excuses in denying Nouri his basic rights, ISNA reported.
He also expressed hope that Nouri’s court of appeals would not be like his trial.
Setaieshi stressed that Iran voices strong objection to Nouri’s unjust court ruling and announces that his unfavorable circumstances in a Swedish prison are not acceptable.
The official added that Nouri’s family are prohibited from contacting him and are very concerned about his situation.
Commenting on his father’s situation, Majid Nouri, who was at the press conference, said, “I spoke with Sweden’s police, who said, ‘The interesting point about your father’s case is that the way he is being treated is unique’.
My father has been in solitary confinement in Swedish prisons for over 1,000 days. Some Swedish individuals constantly tell us that they are very sorry for the way my father is being treated. They have not yet given my father the court ruling in Persian. In addition, the Swedish court has not agreed to the new lawyer we have introduced.”
Former Iranian official Nouri was arrested upon arrival in Sweden at Stockholm Airport in November 2019 and was immediately arrested.
In mid-July this year, he was handed a life sentence by the Swedish court based on unfounded allegations made by the anti-Iran Mujahedin-e Khalq Organization (MKO) terrorist group.
Nouri’s accusers allege he was involved in the execution and torture of MKO members in 1988. Nouri has vehemently rejected the allegations.
The MKO has carried out numerous assassinations and bombings against Iranian officials and civilians since the 1979 victory of Iran’s Islamic Revolution.
Its members fled Iran in 1986 to Iraq, where they enjoyed backing from Saddam Hussein.
Out of the nearly 17,000 Iranians killed in terrorist assaults since the Islamic Revolution, about 12,000 have fallen victim to MKO’s acts of terror.
The anti-Iran cult was on the U.S. government’s list of terrorist organizations until 2012. Major European countries, including France, have also removed it from their blacklists.