Saturday , 25 September 2021

Iranian man indicted in Sweden for involvement in mass executions

mtvuutiset.fi – Prosecuted for executions in Iran

A 60-year-old man is charged at Stockholm District Court for a serious violation of international law and several murders during mass executions in Iran in 1988, reports TT.

The man, who has been in custody for almost two years, is suspected of having played a leading role in the executions of thousands of political prisoners.

The man was arrested as soon as he arrived at Arlanda Airport in November 2019. Since then, an extensive investigation has been underway, which has led to dozens of plaintiffs around the world being located and asked to appear at the witness stand.

  • I am very excited, says Iraj Mesdaghi, key witness and one of the plaintiffs.

It was between 28 July and 31 August 1988 that countless men and women, according to information from the human rights organization Amnesty International, were transported by forklifts to be hung in cranes and lampposts or arched.

In these executions, the 60-year-old, who was a lawyer connected to the prisons where the prisoners sat before they were executed, is suspected of having been involved.

The trial is expected to last for several months and become one of the largest international criminal cases to date in Sweden.

  • This is such an incredibly important event for us: all mothers, fathers, families and other relatives of people who have fallen victim to the Iranian regime. These crimes have never been tried before, I am very grateful that it is finally happening, says Mesdaghi, who himself was a political prisoner in Iran in 1988.
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