Man goes on trial in Sweden for 1988 prison massacre in IranPublished by Ali on August 15, 2021
International Liberty Association: Demonstrators gathered outside a court in Stockholm on Tuesday 10 August, to protest against the Tehran government on the opening day of the trial of a 60-year-old Iranian suspected of war crimes and murder, Swedish news agency TT reported. ILA: According to Reuters, Hamid Noury has been in custody in Sweden for almost two years and is accused of having played a leading role in the killing of political prisoners executed on government orders at the Gohardasht prison in Karaj, Iran, in 1988. He denies the accusations, prosecutors said when announcing charges last month. It is the first time anyone has been brought before a court to stand trial over the purge. Noury and others “organised and participated in executions by selecting which prisoners should appear before a court-like commission, which had the job of deciding which prisoners should be executed”, prosecutor Kristina Lindhoff Carleson told the court, according to TT. She then read out the names of 110 people whose executions Noury is accused of helping to orchestrate. Under Swedish law, courts can try Swedish citizens and other nationals for crimes against international law committed abroad. The trial is likely to focus unwelcome attention on Irans hardline President Ebrahim Raisi, who was inaugurated last week and who is under U.S. sanctions over a past that includes what Washington and activists say was his involvement as one of four judges who oversaw the 1988 killings.