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Iranians slam Sweden's life sentence of Iranian national

Yusef Jalali
Press TV, Tehran

Illegal and politically motivated—that's how these angry protesters describe a Swedish court ruling, sentencing Iranian national, Hamid Nouri, to life in jail over participating in killing imprisoned dissidents.

Nouri is a former Judiciary staff, who has been convicted by the Stockholm District Court on July 14 of taking part in the 1988 execution of members of the anti-Iran terror group, Mujahedin-e Khalq Organization, while he served as an assistant to the deputy prosecutor at the Gohardasht Prison outside the Iranian city of Karaj.

Protesters here warned that the Swedish verdict has sent negative signals to Iranians. The Swedish legal system does not have jurisdiction over the Nouri case, because he has not committed an international crime. The accusations were leveled against Nouri by members of the Mujahedin-e Khalq terror group, or MKO.

Protesters here say the MKO itself has committed countless war crimes, from aiding former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein in the 1980s Iran-Iraq war to the serial killings of Iranian statesmen and civilians in the early years after the 1979 Islamic Revolution.

The MKO was on the US and EU's blacklist of terrorist organizations before both countries delisted the group in 2012 and 2009 respectively.

Iran says Hamid Nouri has for the past 32 months been kept in abysmal conditions in a solitary confinement in Sweden.

Hamid Nouri was arrested upon arrival in Sweden at Stockholm Airport in 2019 and was immediately imprisoned.

A life sentence in Sweden generally means a minimum of 20 to 25 years in prison. Nouri can appeal the verdict.

Protesters here call the whole shebang as a political game aimed at smearing the Iranian justice system. They describe the Swedish ruling as rabble-rousing that whitewashes terrorism and gives a green light to the ill-intentions of the MKO against Iranians.

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