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Iranian prisoner’s family harassed by MKO elements outside Stockholm court, eyewitness tells Press TV

Former Iranian judiciary official Hamid Nouri (File photo)

Members of the infamous Mujahedin-e-Khalq Organization (MKO), an anti-Iran terrorist group culpable of killing thousands of civilians in the country, have reportedly harassed the family of a former Iranian official, who has been illegally imprisoned in Sweden since 2019.

An eyewitness told Press TV’s correspondent Robert Carter that Hamid Nouri’s family members were harassed and sworn at outside the Stockholm District Court, where Nouri’s trial is taking place.

“First of all, I’m really happy that I could find you to open my heart, actually, regarding what’s happening here,” the witness, an Iranian national, told Press TV.

He elaborated that he was passing by to go to work when he first saw the MKO members screaming and swearing at Nouri’s family in Persian.

There were “a bunch of people screaming and saying really really shameful and bad words toward an old woman,” he said, adding that this is something “I have never seen in my whole life. It never existed in my world. So, I was just shocked by what I’m hearing.”

Referring to the MKO members, he said they belong to a notorious group that has committed numerous atrocities against the Iranian people.

The eyewitness added, “Those people standing there are the most hated group in Iran. They are a terrorist organization. They have been [terrorizing], killing, torturing, bombing, and doing many crimes against Iranian civilians.”

In remarks on Monday, Secretary of Iran’s High Council for Human Rights Kazem Gharibabadi slammed Nouri’s trial as “unlawful and unfair,” adding that he has been detained based on false accusations and that Iran regards his detention as “forced disappearance” since his family had been kept unaware of the arrest.

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

Iran’s Foreign Ministry summoned the Swedish ambassador to Tehran on Sunday to protest Nouri’s continued imprisonment, which it described as “totally illegal” and driven by “false allegations made by the MKO terrorist organization and the hostile smear campaign against the Islamic Republic.”

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

The charges against Nouri stem from accusations leveled against him by the MKO members, who claim that Nouri was involved in the execution and torture of MKO members in 1988. Nouri vehemently rejects the allegations.

The MKO has conducted numerous assassinations and bombings against Iranian statesmen and civilians since the 1979 victory of Iran’s Islamic Revolution. Its members fled Iran in 1986 to Iraq, where they enjoyed backing from former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein.

Out of the nearly 17,000 Iranians killed in terrorist assaults since the Islamic Revolution, about 12,000 have fallen victim to the MKO’s acts of terror.

The anti-Iran cult was on the US government’s list of terrorist organizations until 2012. Major European countries, including France, have also removed it from their blacklists.

A few years ago, MKO elements were relocated from Camp Ashraf in Iraq’s Diyala Province to Camp Hurriyet (Camp Liberty), a former US military base in Baghdad, and later sent to Albania.

MKO terrorists enjoy freedom of activity in the US and Europe and even hold regular meetings, in which European and American officials make speeches.


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