Sweden hands life sentence to ex-Iranian official over 1988 purge

by | Jul 14, 2022 | World

Hamid Noury is convicted of committing war crimes and murder while working as an assistant to the deputy prosecutor.A former Iranian official has been sentenced to life in prison by a Swedish court after being convicted of committing grave war crimes and murder during the final phase of the Iran-Iraq war in the 1980s.
The Stockholm District Court on Thursday said that Hamid Noury took part in severe atrocities in July-August 1988 while working as an assistant to the deputy prosecutor at the Gohardasht prison outside the Iranian city of Karaj.
Balkees Jarrah, interim international justice director at Human Rights Watch, a global rights group, said in a statement that the verdict “offers a meaningful moment for survivors and family members of those who were summarily executed by Iranian authorities in the summer of 1988”.
“The ruling sends a message to the most senior Iranian officials implicated in these crimes that they can’t remain beyond the reach of justice forever,” she said.
A life sentence in Sweden generally means a minimum of 20 to 25 years in prison, but it could be extended. If he is eventually released, Noury will be expelled from Sweden. Noury can appeal the verdict.
The court said 61-year-old Noury participated “in the executions of many political prisoners in Iran in the summer of 1988” and had “the role of assistant to the deputy prosecutor” at the prison “jointly and in collusion with others been involved in the executions”.
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