The trial of Hamid Nouri, one of the 1988 massacre henchmen, started on Tuesday 10th August. Nouri has been identified as one of the main perpetrators of the 1988 massacre of political prisoners in Iran. At the time, he was assistant to the deputy Prosecutor in Gohardasht Prison in Karaj (west of Tehran).

He was the executioner of a large number of prisoners. Before that, he was a member of the Revolutionary Guard (IRGC) and worked for many years as an interrogator and torturer in the notorious Evin Prison in Tehran.

In 1988, Nouri was transferred to Gohardasht prison in Karaj, west of Tehran, where he played an active role in the massacre of political prisoners on the then supreme leader Rouhollah Khomeini’s decree.

At the same time outside the doors of the courts, protests organised by Iranian communities in Sweden were held in support of the indictment against Hamid Nouri, calling for justice to the victims of the 1988 massacre. Iranian expatriates in Europe and the United States have held dozens of protests within the last months, since the regime’s Supreme Leader, Ali Khamenei, chose Ebrahim Raisi as the regime’s new president, Raisi, who was inaugurated on August 5, is one of the main perpetrators of the 1988 massacre.

The indictment refers to the fatwa of the supreme leader of the regime at the time, Ruhollah Khomeini which specifically states that any prisoner who is a member or sympathiser of the opposition group (PMOI) will be executed. According to the indictment, “Between July 30, 1988, and August 16, 1988, Hamid Nouri, as assistant prosecutor or other similar role, in cooperation and collusion with other perpetrators at Gohardasht Prison in Karaj, Iran, executed a large number of prisoners who were members or sympathisers of the Mujahedin. Prosecutors at the District Court of Stockholm issued an indictment against Hamid Nouri on July 27, 2021. The investigation has been supervised since the beginning by the Senior Public Prosecutor, Kristina Lindhoff Carleson. During the investigation phase, dozens of witnesses, former political prisoners, and survivors of the massacre gave testimonies and statements, describing just some of the crimes committed by Hamid Nouri. These witnesses gave hours of interviews via webcam and in person at the Swedish court.

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