The Iranian mullah mafia regime’s henchman, Hamid Noury, is on trial in Sweden for his role in war crimes and murder. He made some unintended confessions during court hearings over the past week. According to information obtained from Sweden, in three days of testimony in a Stockholm courtroom that began on November 23, 2021, Hamid Noury, an IRGC prison guard promoted to “assistant public prosecutor” in political prisons, who served as interrogator, henchman, and executioner in some of the most notorious and terrifying prisons in Iran, inadvertently verified many truths in his trial for crimes against humanity.
The brunt of Noury’s “testimony”, given without any remorse, consisted of malicious attacks on the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI) or Mujahedin-e Khalq (MEK), the mainstay of the Iranian opposition and resistance movement against the theocratic dictatorship, of whose sympathizers, members, and followers he had caused the suffering and death of so many.
Noury rattled off a litany of false accusations, oft repeated and spewed out against the PMOI by a host of paid for agents of the regime for which he works, over the past decades. In defending his inhuman torture and involvement in murder of prisoners, many underage teenagers at time of arrest, he claimed his duties put him up against a sect whose members are even now captive in Ashraf 3 (their current resettlement location in Albania), a group that lacks popular support among the Iranian people, and so he carried on.
His hateful speech has been the stuff of many hit pieces against the PMOI by regime-friendly lobbyists, journalists, and producers over the years, attempting to paint a trumped-up caricature of a cult of captive and brainwashed individuals devoid of political or individual will, and lacking popular support in their own country. The similarity between Noury’s lies and these claims leaves no doubt about the source being the Iranian regime’s Ministry of Intelligence and Security (MOIS) and its oppressive propaganda apparatus.
Interestingly, Hamid Noury maintained that if he even mentions the PMOI by their official name rather than the derogatory name the regime favors, he would be arrested upon his return to Iran. He stressed that the judiciary and its head do not joke around, and despite his serving the regime for 10 years in the prison system, he would still face danger. He was unwittingly testifying to the underlying support for the PMOI/MEK in Iranian society, and the paranoia and fear that it stirs in the murderous rulers of Iran. As one of the appellant lawyers in the case remarked, if the mention of the PMOI outside of Iran has such consequences, then we can only imagine what the regime does with sympathizers and members inside of Iran.
If anything, Noury’s testimony has laid bare a genuine and deep-seated defiance of the religious fascism ruling Iran by the Iranian people and the Resistance led by the PMOI. Hamid Noury’s attacks on the PMOI align with those of the regime’s known allies and its collaborators and agents abroad and can be understood precisely in the context of this confrontation.
Noury admitted to brazen and horrific crimes by the regime to which he still vows fealty and painted a picture in prisons where court proceedings for political defendants mostly last less than 10 minutes, and he also confessed that prisoners who he said did not comply with prison standards would be flogged up to 100 lashes.
Hamid Noury also tried hard to hide his true nature and actions and went so far as to say that he “loved” the prisoners. “I would greet the prisoners on their return from interrogations and say welcome back. Seriously, believe me. I would say to them I adore you. Believe me, I’m being serious. My dear, please come in.”
Some of the key points of Noury’s remarks
Stating People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI) or Mujahedin-e Khalq (MEK) is a forbidden name in Iran, Hamid Noury said: “In Iran, we have no such thing as the Mojahedin Organization, and if I mention the name of the People’s Mojahedin, they will arrest me when I enter Iran, and anyone in Iran who mentions the name of the People’s Mojahedin will be arrested. The Iranian judiciary is extremely serious, incredibly law abiding. During my interrogations I said Mojahedin Khalq several times, and mentioned Gohardasht prison by name, and now I am afraid. I am certain, right now fear has overtaken me, and I am certain that as soon as I reach Iran, they will first arrest me instead of welcoming me. I called this organization by its name here once, and ever since that day I am worried. The head of the Iranian judiciary, Ayatollah Mohseni Eje’i, does not joke around with anyone, even if I say sir, I have served in your judicial system for 10 years, what do you want to do with me? I beg you, if possible, please don’t use the organization’s name otherwise it will create a problem for me”
Bickering with the prosecutor and judge to continue to use pejoratives to describe his victims, Noury referred to the Mojahedin (PMOI/MEK), and said, “We don’t have political prisoners in Iran, and never have, and if I use ‘political’ I will face problems. If you mean grouplet [prisoners] or cult [prisoners]? They are also called a cult”.
Stating MEK members are captives and lack free will, Hamid Noury said, “All the Mojahedin lie. Note that these people who are in Albania are captive in that camp”.
During his statement, a notorious henchman Hamid Noury went further by stating Daesh or Islamic State (ISIS) is an offshoot of MEK. He said: “Everyone has heard of Daesh (ISIS). Daesh is the illegitimate offspring of this organization. Whatever Daesh did in the past few years, the organization did those things in our dear country. Daesh has been personally brought up by this organization. Whatever crime you saw Daesh commit on television in these several years, the same was committed in my country… Meaning the Mojahedin Organization; the Mojahedin Organization stands for Daesh. More murderous than Daesh”.
When he compared the MEK to Daesh again the next day, the prosecutor protested: “Hamid, enough. This is insolent that you divert to other issues. This is shameless”.
Noury further said, “Whatever the organization says, its members, sympathizers, and supporters will blindly accept. They also have several agents that execute their requests perfectly and do whatever they say. [They say] of course, whatever your say, on my eyeballs [meaning I will do it carefully], whatever you, the organization says, then fine, we will act on it.” Noury added, “Those who know this organization will understand what I am saying. Whatever this organization says, its followers will blindly accept. Whatever the organization says, its members, sympathizers, and supporters will blindly accept”.
Noury expressed gratitude to Albanian for murdering MEK members. He said, “I thank the Albanian government, for my part I say thank you. Just for keeping these people there and giving them food and water. They were guests of Iraq for 31 years, and in those last years they took good care of them [sarcastically]. I thank the Albanian government too. God willing, they will also take good care of them”.
During his statement, Noury has endorsed Evin prison in Iran is crowded with political prisoners stating, in the Evin prison ward that was euphemistically called “Indoctrination Ward” alone, there were more than 3,000 prisoners. Noury also denied knowing about other wards in Evin prison such as ward 209 [controlled by the Intelligence Ministry] and even denied the existence of such wards.
A cruel Noury even went further by praising notorious criminals stating, “Raisi [President Ebrahim Raisi of Iran] was the subject of insults. He is the elected president of the Iranian nation. When his character is dishonored and insulted, the Iranian nation is dishonored and insulted. The great commander of Islam, Martyr Haj Qassem Soleimani was dishonored. It was as if the world came crashing down on my head when he was dishonored. You just don’t know how I felt during this trial. My hands and feet started shaking. You adjourned the court, and I went downstairs, and my lawyers saw what happened to me. The dear prosecutor of Tehran, Martyr Seyed Assadollah Lajevardi was dishonored. Many other people were insulted”.
Talking about crimes committed in Kurdistan, Hamid Noury said, “In June 1980, I spent the first two months of my military service in Tehran. There was war in Iranian Kurdistan, and counter-revolutionary groups had attacked the dear people of Kurdistan. Just as this hypocrites group [Iranian regime pejorative for the MEK] who had attacked the people of Iran. War had erupted in Kurdistan, it was war. We, the soldiers, requested to go to Kurdistan to fight these counter-revolutionary groups”.
Noury has even given confession to executions. Here is the transcript of his conversation with the prosecutor:
Prosecutor: “During the time you worked in Evin, was anyone executed there?”
Noury: “Definitely it happened”.
Prosecutor: “How did they execute them? In what way? In what form?”
Noury: “If they called a prisoner, all his belongings, and I knew beforehand that he had killed someone, when they read his name and took him away, he would say goodbye to me, and would say forgive me and would say please ask God to forgive me. You might think I’m just making this up, but God knows that I cried. Only God knows. I would be very upset about why they had killed people so that they are now going to be executed?”
Giving description about torture inside Iranian prison, Hamid Noury said,
“Flogging has happened in the prisons of the Islamic Republic of Iran. It still is present. It is in the penal code of the Islamic Republic of Iran’s holy system, one of the punishments is flogging. It’s part of the laws of Islam. Lying is punishable by flogging. Depending on the type of crime, they are dished out 30 lashes, 50 lashes, 70 lashes to 100 lashes, and afterwards they would return to their wards. Even now there is flogging. They [prisoners who were flogged] were so full of pride, from among those [of the prisoners] who had been flogged on their waist, they would intentionally walk as straight as possible in front of us, as if to say you did nothing to us”.
Prohibition of group prayer and collective exercise and application of flogging
Prosecutor: “Prisoners were not allowed to engage in group athletics, group practice, including group prayers. If they did, they’d be punished, is that right?”
Noury: “It’s possible that it could be right. If the prisoners did not pay attention, and did not comply with the rules and regulations, and disrespected the prison rules and regulations, and did not follow the rules, violated the rules, it’s probable that they would have been forbidden from such acts for a period. But I don’t know”.
Prosecutor: “Okay so this prisoner that you said, how could they be punished?”
Noury: “The judge would see to it. If it was determined that this man had done something wrong, he would have asked for him to be flogged. He would order him to be whipped. He could send him to solitary confinement for a month, two months, three months”.
Prosecutor: “Did it ever happen that they would send prisoners to solitary confinement as punishment?”
Noury: “Yes. If the judge so determined. Yes, that judge could order whipping, he could refrain from ordering whipping. It depended on the type of infraction. He could send him to solitary confinement for a month, two months, three months”.
Punishment for lifting the blindfolds
Prosecutor: “If a prisoner attempted to pull his blindfold up or take a look from under the blindfold, what would have happened to this prisoner then?”
Noury: “No prisoner dared to do this. The most severe punishment would be meted out, no more visitation rights, no leaves… Abbasi [referring to his alias in prison], as you claim, would hit him on the head with a blow, hey don’t look so much”.
Flogging for using morse code by prisoners
Prosecutor: “Now, what happens to this prisoner if he communicates through morse?”
Noury: “Either flogging or solitary confinement, other punishments, the flogging or solitary confinement, I remember now that they would be deprived of visitation rights for several rounds”.
Mock trial of a few minutes in Iranian Islamist Kangaroo court
Prosecutor: “How long do Iranian trials take in criminal cases?”
Noury: “From about 10 minutes to an hour to two hours. It would depend on the accused defense motion. If he said I accept all charges, they would ask so you don’t protest any of them? No, Mr. Judge, I accept, if possible, help me. Five minutes to ten minutes, then finished”.
About right to a defense attorney
Prosecutor: “In the decade of 1980, did a defendant have the right to be defended by an attorney during the trial?”
Noury: “I don’t recall”.
Prosecutor: “In the decade of 1980, did a person have permission to present evidence during the trial?”
Noury: “In truth, I don’t recall, but I think it is probable”.
Prosecutor: “In prison, when they wanted to release them, they would interview them, is that right?”
Noury: “The conditions of release, I said that the judge and the [department for] implementing sentences have some conditions. Yes, I was a [prison] ward IRGC guard. Every day we would usually take prisoners to Evin prison’s Hosseinieh [prayer hall], and almost on every day they would do interviews and it would be recorded in their file. Many of them, when they were about to be released, it they didn’t have an interview recorded in their file, then the [department for] execution of sentences would order that they must be interviewed and then set free”.
Prosecutor: “Now, when these interviews were conducted, why did the rest of the prisoners have to sit and listen to these people?”
Noury: “By God I am not to blame. Of course, the prisoners want to talk in front of the others. It also served as a sort of re-creation. The prisoners would get out of their wards on this occasion, and they would sit in the Hosseinieh and they would see each other there also. Especially since the women were on one side and the men were on the other side, some of them who were sisters and brothers, they would see each other there and sometimes they were able to talk to each other”.
Allegation that 1988 massacre is a fabricated story by the MEK
Hamid Noury claimed that 7,000 people participated in Operation Eternal Light of the MEK on July 25, 1988, and that “most of these persons were killed, some of them were captured, and some of them were wounded and taken to Iran… Because the organization didn’t want to give the names of the 6,800 people killed, a small number of them returned, I’d say 200 people went back, so they couldn’t provide answers to their followers and couldn’t answer the families of those killed. It sits and plots a new story. They said these people were executed…!”
Khomeini’s fatwa to massacre does not exist and is fake!
Noury: “This document that they call fatwa is not fatwa at all. This is a photocopy that has been presented during these 20 or 30 years, and a person named Montazeri has presented it. If someone can prove that during these 33 years an Iranian official has named this piece of paper a fatwa then I will surrender… The word ‘fatwa’ has been made up and publicized by this organization, and unfortunately, during these 33 years, they have recorded this fake word, and in this case no attention has been paid to this”.
Hamid Noury’s claim contradicts numerous acknowledgments by many senior officials of this same regime of the existence of Khomeini’s 1988 fatwa, some of whom have even emphasized that beyond the edict, what Khomeini had said was a binding and executable order. In other words, based on the clerical system of this regime, the fatwa (edict) stood above and beyond any jurisprudential view, and no authority could violate it.
From the details of Iranian mullah mafia regime’s henchman Hamid Noury, it is proved, for decades, the regime has been systematically continuing crime against humanity. International community needs to immediately look into this crucial matter and bring each of the members of the cruel mullah mafia regime in Iran into justice. Iranian people need to get rid of the cruelty. They need restoration of democracy in that beautiful country.
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