Iran slams Sweden for turning into base for terrorists

19 June 2022 | 12:49 Code : 2012649 From the Other Media Latest Headlines General category
Iran slams Sweden for turning into base for terrorists

Sweden has turned into a base for anti-Iran terrorists and the Islamic Republic Iran does not tolerate it, said a top rights official.

Kazem Gharibabadi, the Judiciary chief’s deputy for international affairs and secretary of the country’s High Council for ‎Human Rights, made the remarks in an exclusive interview with Mizan News Agency in reaction to the case of a former Iranian official, Hamid Nouri, who has been incarcerated in Sweden since 2019 on false charges leveled ‎against him by the anti-Iran terrorist Mujahedin-e Khalq Organization (MKO).

He added the Islamic Republic has called on the Swedish government to expel the terrorists ‎from the country and stop providing them with financial, political and diplomatic supports.‎

Gharibabadi said Nouri’s rights have been completely violated and his arrest is completely illegal, noting that it took a year ‎for the prosecutors of the case to file charges against him as they did not have any evidence.‎

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

Turning to another similar case, Gharibabadi slammed as contradictory to ‎international and humanitarian law and the 1963 Vienna Convention on Consular Relations the arrest of Iranian diplomat Assadollah Assadi in Germany and his 101-day imprisonment under unfavorable ‎circumstances.‎

He added Assadi has diplomatic immunity, noting that his transfer to Belgium and the court ruling there against him are also in contradiction ‎with international and humanitarian law and the 1963 convention.

Describing Assadi’s court and trial in the ‎European state as “completely illegal and unjust”, Gharibabadi added he had sent a letter to the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights ‎Michelle Bachelet on Monday, requesting her to intervene in the case and hold the two countries ‎accountable for gross human rights abuses against the diplomat.‎

He said, “We are witnessing numerous human rights violations against Mr. Assadi in Germany and Belgium. ‎It should not have happened. We call for Mr. Assadi’s speedy release and compensation [for mistreating ‎him].”‎

Gharibabadi added the Islamic Republic has submitted the request at the highest level to Belgian officials ‎and will continue its follow-ups through the Judiciary, the High Council for Human Rights and Foreign ‎Ministry. ‎

Despite enjoying diplomatic immunity, Assadi, who was based in the Austrian capital of Vienna, was ‎arrested on bogus charges while visiting Germany in July 2018.‎

Nearly three months after his arrest, Assadi was extradited to Belgium where he is currently serving a 20-‎year prison sentence.‎

Source: Iran Daily