Students Decry Unfair Trial of Iranian Citizen in Sweden

Students Decry Unfair Trial of Iranian Citizen in Sweden

TEHRAN (Tasnim) – The Union of the Islamic Association of Iran's Independent Students denounced Sweden’s illegal move to keep in custody and put on trial former Iranian official Hamid Nouri, calling on Stockholm to drop double standards and stop sponsoring the terrorist groups.

In a letter addressed to a number of professors teaching at major universities of Sweden, Denmark, Germany, Austria and the Netherlands, the Union of the Islamic Association of Iran's Independent Students deplored the use of terrorism for advancing the objectives of superpowers under the democratic and humanitarian guise.

The letter came after Swedish prosecutors requested the maximum penalty of life imprisonment for Hamid Nouri, accusing the former Iranian judiciary official of prisoner abuse in 1988.

The charges against Nouri stem from accusations leveled against him by members of anti-Iran terrorist Mujahedin Khalq Organization (MKO).

He was arrested upon arrival in Sweden at Stockholm Airport in 2019 and was immediately imprisoned. Nouri, now 61, has been held in solitary confinement for over two years and his family has not been allowed to visit him in prison.

His accusers allege that Nouri was involved in the execution and torture of MKO members in 1988. Nouri vehemently rejects the allegations.

What follows is the text of the letter from the Islamic Association of Iran's Independent Students:

“O believers, if an evildoer brings you any news, verify it so you do not harm people unknowingly, becoming regretful for what you have done. (Holy Quran 49:6)

Dear professor,

Terrorism has always been a means by superpowers to further advance their objectives while keeping their democratic and philanthropic appearance, and probably it is not palpable to anyone as it is to people of the Middle East and especially Iran.

For over forty years, Iranians have been a target for crimes by superpowers just because they want to be free and sovereign, and the worst of them next to the decades-long economic war is the assassination of 17,000 Iranians by the so-called terrorists of the Mujahideen e-Khalgh (MEK); a terrorist organization formerly based in Iraq and supported by the dictator Saddam Hussein and western intelligence agencies to murder innocent Iranian women and children.

These cultist terrorists have resided in the corner of Europe in Albania, propagating hate speech against Iranians living abroad. In one of their latest projects, they have framed an Iranian-Swedish national named Hamid Nouri, and in a surprising act, the Swedish government supported these terrorists by putting Mr. Nouri on trial based on fabricated testimonies and evidence which according to his lawyers are uncertain and insufficient.

As the largest victim of terrorism, the nation of Iran expects this set-up trial to end and be replaced by a fair and unbiased one, in which the basic rights of the defendant are observed.

Since Sweden claims to be a global defender of equality and justice, it must not allow terrorists to reside in its country, let alone financially and morally support them, which is in conflict with Sweden's international commitments.

There is nothing such as good and bad terrorists and it is the duty of all countries especially Sweden to cut their support for terrorism immediately and without delay. The Judiciary of Sweden must not be politicized and sacrifice justice and impartiality to fall into a trap that is laid by terrorists.

If today, the international society fails to stop the politicization of justice, tomorrow, what would it expect to see in the cases like Jamal Khashoggi and Julian Assange?

Union for the Islamic Association of Independent Students (UIAIS) aka Mostaghel

Tehran, Iran - January, 2022”

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