During the war between Iraq and Iran, Iran’s Leader, Rouhollah Khomeini issued an order to execute all prisoners who were supporting the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI), an outlawed opposition group, as well as leftist prisoners. Prisoners at the Karaj prison, close to Tehran, were brought before so-called “death commissions” that ordered their arbitrary execution. The number of victims is unknown but estimated to be over 5’000. Many of those killed were subjected to torture and other cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment or punishment.
Noury is alleged to have participated in the murder and torture of prisoners from the Karaj prison during the summer of 1988.
Hamid Noury was arrested on 9 November 2019 while traveling for personal reasons in Sweden. On 13 November, the Court allowed his pre-trial detention for a month while the investigation is ongoing.
On 11 December 2019, his detention was renewed until 20 January 2020.Hamid Noury’s detention was again renewed several times in 2020.
On 10 August 2021, Noury’s trial opened in Stockholm.
On 9 November 2021, the Stockholm District Court moved to Durres, Albania for two weeks to hear seven witnesses. The trial is expected to finish in April 2022.
A related investigation against another Iranian citizen regarding crimes committed in 1988 in detention facilities in Iran has been opened by the prosecution office.