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2022-July-6  15:05

Iranian FM Calls for Freedom of Ex-Official Imprisoned in Sweden

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iran's Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian asked Stockholm to release Hamid Nouri, a former Iranian official illegally jailed in Sweden, and stressed the need for the two countries to clear out differences.

Amir Abdollahian made the remarks in a phone conversation with his Swedish counterpart Ann Linde on Tuesday.

He called on Sweden to immediately release Nouri who was jailed when he traveled there in 2019.

Amir Abdollahian also said Iran and Sweden should endeavor towards clearing out the issues that have created obstacles in the way of development of their bilateral ties.

“The countries’ relations should not come under the influence of propaganda and baseless and unfounded allegations that have been created by a terrorist group, whose record of atrocities against the Iranian nation is clear to all,” he said.

Amir Abdollahian added that both countries should work to expand their relations in the commercial and economic spheres.

Linde, for her part, called the countries’ relations historic, saying, “Sweden attaches high value to its relations with the Islamic Republic.”

She also said that “we believe that Iran has a notable role in regional peace and stability”.

“The Swedish government and judicial system will not be influenced by this group’s propaganda,” Linde said.

In the meantime, in a meeting with Nouri’s son, Amir Abdollahian said that the Islamic Republic of Iran is pursuing the case of Hamid Nouri with great sensitivity and will do its utmost for his release.

He praised Nouri's perseverance and standing against all pressures and added that supporting and defending Iranian nationals wherever they are in the world is the inherent duty of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and we will do our best in this case as well.

Last month, family members of Hamid Nouri said that he was still kept in solitary confinement after over 2 years.

Nouri told his family members during a short contact that he has not been allowed to have access to an ophthalmologist despite that his eyesight is worsening.

He also objected to the strict restrictions imposed on him despite a promise by the judge to the contrary.

Nouri added that the judge had told him the restrictions would be lifted but at the end of the trial, he lost all contacts with his family and was allowed to talk to them only twice in 53 days.

Nouri noted that his contacts were short. In his conversation with his family, the Iranian nation said he had been tortured by the Swedish police.

According to Nouri, three policemen hit him hard on the head and in the ear and that he still has problem with his ears.

The Iranian citizen said two years and eight months have passed since Swedish authorities put him in solitary confinement but no rights group has yet come to meet him in jail.

Nouri was arrested upon arrival in Sweden at Stockholm Airport in November 2019 and immediately imprisoned. He has been held in solitary confinement for over two years.

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

The charges against Nouri stem from allegations leveled against him by members of the anti-Iran Mojahedin Khalq Organization (MKO) terrorist group. Nouri has vehemently rejected the allegations.

Amir Abdollahian has denounced his detention as “illegal”.

Swedish judicial authorities have been preventing Nouri from contacting his family since moving him to a different detention center.

Upon arrest, he was forbidden for around eight months from making phone calls to his family members, and barred from meeting them in person for two years.

Also in May, Iran’s Judiciary Spokesman Zabihollah Khodayian said that Hamid Nouri who is deprived of human rights is being tried in a politically-driven trial in Sweden.

Nouri’s trial couldn’t be described as judicial because it is political and lacks international and even Sweden's national legal standards, Khodayian said.

A fair trial should adopt specific measures of which Nouri has been deprived, he said, adding that Nouri has even been deprived of his human rights.