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Iran and Sweden swap prisoners: a diplomat for a judiciary official


Iran launched a Swedish diplomat arrested in 2022, while Sweden launched an Iranian official convicted of battle crimes in 1988.

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Iran and Sweden carried out a prisoner swap on Saturday that concerned the discharge of Hamid Nouri, who was convicted of battle crimes by Sweden over mass executions that occurred in 1988.

In trade, Iran launched Johan Floderus, a Swede who had been working for the European Union’s diplomatic corps, in addition to a man recognized as Saeed Azizi by Swedish Prime Minister Ulf Kristersson.

In 2022, the Stockholm District Courtroom sentenced Nouri to life in jail over his function within the 1988 executions. It recognized him as an assistant to the deputy prosecutor on the Gohardasht jail outdoors the Iranian metropolis of Karaj.

The 1988 mass executions got here on the finish of Iran’s lengthy battle with Iraq. After Iran’s then-Supreme Chief Ruhollah Khomeini accepted a United Nations-brokered cease-fire, members of the Iranian opposition group Mujahedeen-e-Khalq, closely armed by Saddam Hussein, stormed throughout the Iranian border in a shock assault.

Worldwide rights teams estimate that as many as 5,000 folks had been executed. Iran has by no means totally acknowledged the executions, apparently carried out on Khomeini’s orders.

Floderus’ household mentioned he was arrested in April 2022 at Tehran airport whereas coming back from a vacation with buddies. His detention represented one more case of Tehran utilizing foreigners or these with twin nationalities as pawns in negotiations with the West.

Azizi’s case was not as distinguished as Floderus’. In February, the group Human Rights Activists in Iran reported that the twin Iranian-Swedish nationwide had been sentenced to 5 years in jail by Tehran’s Revolutionary Courtroom on expenses of “meeting and collusion towards nationwide safety.” The group mentioned Azizi has most cancers.

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