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Former Iranian official jailed in Sweden put in solitary confinement for 30 months: Wife

File photo of former Iranian judiciary official Hamid Nouri

The wife of a former Iranian official illegally arrested and imprisoned in Sweden back in 2019 has complained that her husband was detained with no declared reason or evidence and placed in solitary confinement for over 30 months.

“My husband traveled to Sweden with an invitation and as he was disembarking from the plane he was brutally detained and insulted by several police officers in front of a crowd of Iranians and others and taken into custody,” said the wife of Hamid Nouri, a former Iranian judiciary official.

She further emphasized that Swedish authorities failed to inform Nouri’s family members about his arrest and that they learned from media reports about his detention in Sweden.

She added that eight months after Nouri’s arrest she was informed that she can go to the Swedish embassy to hold a brief telephone conversation with her husband under very restricted conditions.

She further censured the brutality and inhumane behavior of Swedish authorities in issuing an international police citation for Nouri along with his photo, requesting any information or complaints against him.

“What kind of human rights is this? They arrested and jailed my husband without any evidence or documents against him and kept renewing his prison term in efforts to gather evidence against him,” she complained. “Aren’t you supposed to be innocent until proven guilty? In the case of my husband, they detained him without any evidence and then started looking for anything they could find against him for his trial.”

Nouri’s daughter also blasted Swedish authorities for their cruel treatment of his father, “beating him severely on several occasions, placing him in solitary confinement, denying medical care and attorney of his choice.”   

She further stressed that her father was detained and imprisoned based on baseless claims of unidentified individuals that are members of a violent anti-Iran opposition group who appeared in court and shouted slogans and abusive language against my father.

The Iranian Foreign Ministry summoned the Swedish ambassador to Tehran on Sunday to protest the continued imprisonment of a former Iranian official on trial in Sweden over alleged rights abuses.

Swedish prosecutors have requested the maximum penalty of life imprisonment for Hamid Nouri, accusing the former Iranian judiciary official of prisoner abuse in 1988.

The charges against Nouri stem from accusations leveled against him by members of anti-Iran terrorist Mujahedin-e-Khalq Organization (MKO).

He was arrested upon arrival in Sweden at Stockholm Airport in 2019 and was immediately imprisoned. Nouri, now 61, has been held in solitary confinement for over two years and his family has not been allowed to visit him in prison. 

His accusers allege that Nouri was involved in the execution and torture of MKO members in 1988. Nouri vehemently rejects the allegations.

During the 89th session of his trial on Friday, Swedish prosecutors read a summary of Nouri’s indictment in court, a day after submitting a request for life imprisonment for him. 

The ministry condemned the continued detention of the former Iranian official as “totally illegal” and driven by “false allegations made by the MKO terrorist organization and the hostile smear campaign against the Islamic Republic.”

It also urged Sweden to end the “political show” of Nouri’s trial and release the Iranian national.

The MKO is responsible for most of the assassinations that have targeted the Iranian people and officials since the Islamic Revolution in 1979.

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