Sweden: 60-year-old man charged over 1988 Iran prison massacre

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A former prison employee accused of violating international law and several murders in connection with mass executions in Iran in 1988 has to appear in court in Sweden.

The 60-year-old Iranian, who has been imprisoned in Sweden since landing at Arlanda in November 2019, arrived in court in Stockholm in light clothes, along with two defenders.

The indictment against the man is linked to mass executions in Iran between July 30 and August 16, 1988. The Iranian man worked in the Gohardasht prison in Karaj, near Tehran, at the time.

Human rights groups have campaigned for justice over the executions across Iran, in which an estimated 5,000 people lost their lives, for a long time.

The trial is one of the most notable international cases of this sort before any Swedish court. A verdict in the case is expected in April 2022.

Source: © NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today / #NorwayTodayNews

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