Sweden charges man over 1988 Iran prison massacre


Prosecutors in Sweden have charged an Iranian with war crimes over the mass execution of prisoners in 1988. The suspect was not named but has been widely identified as Hamid Nouri, 60. In 1988, Iran was at war with Iraq. Iran’s supreme leader ordered the mass execution of prisoners linked to an armed opposition group allied to Iraq. The suspect was working in a prison near the Iranian capital Tehran, prosecutors say. His lawyer told news agencies he denied the charges. Human rights groups have long campaigned for justice over the executions across Iran, in which an estimated 5,000 people were killed. Prosecutors were able to invoke the principle of “universal jurisdiction” for serious crimes to bring the case. The killings have come under renewed focus following Ebrahim Raisi’s election as president of Iran last month.(BBC)…[+]