Jul 06, 2022 05:59 UTC
  • Tehran calls for immediate release of Iranian citizen jailed in Sweden

Iran's foreign minister has called for the release of an Iranian citizen, who is in prison in Sweden on completely baseless allegations.

According to Press TV, in a phone call with his Swedish counterpart Ann Linde on Tuesday, Hossein Amir-Abdollahian urged Stockholm to immediately release Hamid Nouri who was jailed when he traveled there in 2019.

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

Speaking to Press TV, his wife once said, “My husband traveled to Sweden with an invitation and as he was disembarking from the plane, he was brutally detained and insulted by several police officers in front of a crowd of Iranians and others and taken into custody.”

The charges against Nouri stem from accusations leveled against him by members of the anti-Iran terrorist Mujahedin-e-Khalq Organization (MKO), who claim that Nouri was involved in the execution and torture of MKO members in 1988. Nouri vehemently rejects the allegations.

The Swedish official, for her part, said, “The Swedish government and judicial system will not be influenced by this group’s propaganda.”

Swedish prosecutors have requested the maximum penalty of life imprisonment for Nouri.

Amir-Abdollahian also said Iran and Sweden should endeavor towards clearing out the issues that have created obstacles in the way of development of their bilateral ties.

“The countries’ relations should not come under the influence of propaganda and baseless and unfounded allegations that have been created by a terrorist group, whose record of atrocities against the Iranian nation is clear to all,” he said.

He added that both countries should work to expand their relations in the commercial and economic spheres.

Linde called the countries’ relations historic, saying, “Sweden attaches high value to its relations with the Islamic Republic.”

She also said that “we believe that Iran has a notable role in regional peace and stability.”