Photos of some of the victims of Iran’s mass executions in 1988. (Amnesty)

November 13, 2019

An Iranian citizen has been jailed in Sweden on suspicion of carrying out crimes against humanity and murder in the late 1980s in Iran, a Swedish prosecutor said Wednesday, the same period of mass executions by Tehran.

Prosecutor Karolina Wieslander said the unidentified man is suspected is of committing the crimes between July 28, 1988, and August 31, 1988, in Tehran. The prosecutor did not elaborate.

His lawyer Lars Hultgren told the Swedish news agency TT that the man insists he is innocent, adding “they have taken the wrong guy.”

TT said the 58-year-old man was arrested Saturday at Stockholm’s international airport. The news agency said authorities suspect the man worked in a prison where many prisoners were hanged, without elaborating.

International rights groups estimate that as many as 5,000 people were executed, while the MEK puts the number at 30,000 without offering evidence to support their claim.

Iran has never fully acknowledged the executions, apparently carried out on Khomeini’s orders, though some argue that other top officials were effectively in charge in the months before his 1989 death.


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