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2022-August-1  16:18

Sweden Deprives Iranian Citizen Hamid Nouri from Reading Persian Translation of Verdict

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian citizen Hamid Nouri who was arrested and tried in Sweden complained that after 18 days since the court's ruling, he has not yet succeeded in studying the verdict because of not having access to Persian translation.

Nouri said in a phone call with the Iranian Embassy in Sweden on Sunday that he has not succeeded in reading the verdict of his life imprisonment because he has been given Swedish-language version of the verdict, while he had only 21 days to protest the court's first ruling.

According to dadiran.ir, the Sweden judiciary system held 92 hearing sessions and sentenced the Iranian national to life imprisonment 18 days ago, while the trial was not held based on legal procedures.

Nouri, a former Iranian judiciary employee who has been in solitary confinement in Sweden since 2019, was sentenced to life imprisonment by a court in Sweden on Thursday.

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.

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.