Iran ex-official dismisses ‘lies’ in Sweden war crimes trial

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A former Iranian prison official accused of handing out death sentences during a 1988 purge of dissidents on Tuesday labelled charges brought against him in a landmark trial in Sweden as “lies”. Hamid Noury, 60, faces charges including crimes against humanity and war crimes over the killings of as many as 5,000 prisoners across Iran, allegedly ordered by supreme leader Ayatollah Khomeini. The killings were revenge for attacks carried out by the People’s Mujahedin of Iran (MEK), an exiled opposition group, at the end of the Iran-Iraq war of 1980-88. The prosecution has said Noury was assistant …

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