Trial over Iran 1988 mass murder

On Tuesday an Iranian official accused of involvement in the 1988 execution of thousands of political dissidents goes on trial in Sweden in a landmark case likely to stoke tensions in the Islamic republic.
Hamid Noury, 60, is accused by Swedish prosecutors of “intentionally taking the life of a very large number of prisoners sympathetic to or belonging to the People’s Mujahedin” (MEK) between 30 July and 16 August 1988, while he was assistant to the deputy governor of Gohardasht prison in Karaj, near Tehran.
Human rights organisations have long campaigned for justice for the estimated 5,000 prisoners killed across Iran, allegedly under the orders of supreme leader Ayatollah Khomeini in reprisal for attacks carried out by the MEK at the end of the Iran-Iraq war of 1980–88.