Following the request for life in prison for Hamid Noury by the Swedish court prosecutor Christina Lindoff Carlson, the court went through a qualitative stage which included a series of undeniable testimonies exposing the horrific dimensions of the 1988 massacre to the world.

Following this, the Iranian regime changed its behavior unexpectedly. They sent a group of their paramilitary Basij forces, led by the infamous hoodlum Hossein Allahkaram, in front of the Swedish embassy in Tehran in a bid to threaten the Swedish government. They then summoned the Swedish ambassador to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to be put under pressure, in the hope that they could change the court’s direction and decision.

In a sudden turn of events, the Iranian judiciary informed the regime’s state media that they planned to implement, in the coming weeks, the execution decree of the captive Iranian-Swedish disaster medicine doctor Ahamad Reza Djalali, arrested in 2016 while visiting Iran on invitation by the country’s universities, under the pretext of espionage.

This is how the regime deals with other nations, blackmailing them to release its terrorists and henchmen. To further increase the pressure, the regime’s foreign minister called his Swedish counterpart to warn her of the consequences on bilateral relations, which should be interpreted as threats of new terrorist acts.

The question remains as to why the regime suddenly changed its behavior, before trying to stay silent about the court and portray the entire event as insignificant. The regime’s media and officials revealed this change of approach very clearly. Kazem Gharibabadi, the secretary of the regime’s Judicial Human Rights Headquarters, said that the reason for Hamid Noury’s was statements made by ‘several members of the MEK’ [Iranian opposition group, the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran].

In a recent publication, the Tasnim news agency wrote, “The Swedish prosecutor’s request to the court shows that Sweden insists on pursuing the political propaganda plan out of the Noury case based on previous scenarios and with the full support of the (Mojahedin) and has not paid any attention to the laws and rights that exist for a defendant.”

From what has been said, it can be concluded that:

  1. The regime believed that this trial would be executed without any accurate documents and evidence, and they would be able to disparage the entire story of the 1988 massacre, wipe it out from history and defeat the justice movement.
  2. The powerful entry of the MEK into this case has diverted it from the regime’s desired path, even more so after the transfer of the court to Durres, Albania to hear the testimonies of the MEK members who survived this genocide.
  3. It can be imagined that the regime did not expect such perseverance from the supporters of the Resistance and the families of the victims
  4. This case will have very serious political consequences for the regime, especially since many members of the current government are perpetrators of this crime, including its president Ebrahim Raisi who was a member of the so-called death commission for Tehran.
  5. From now on, the regime will have many difficulties dealing with other prisoners, especially the political prisoners, and any exposed torture and execution will be added to this case, further empowering the entire story of the 1988 massacre.