MEK Iran: 86th Session of Hamid’s Noury Trial
The 86th session of the Stockholm Court of Appeal, which is currently trying Hamid Noury, a former prison guard accused of participating in the execution of political prisoners in Gohardasht Prison in the summer of 1988, held an extraordinary examination of the defendant on Thursday, April 21. His family, including his wife, daughter, bride, son, and son-in-law, attended the hearing, as they had at previous defense hearings in recent months.
The prosecutors had requested the questioning and had presented the court with “Protocol 16” audio and video evidence. One of the prosecutors described how investigators worked hard to get a portion of the audio and video content from the defendant’s phone, gaining access to evidence Hamid Noury had deleted the night before his flight to Sweden.
A conversation between Hamid Noury’s wife and daughter the night before he left Iran, as well as his arrest the next day at Stockholm Arlanda Airport, were among the evidence. Hamid Noury’s wife inquiries about her father’s whereabouts in this conversation, and the girl responds that her father and Massoud (Noury’s son-in-law) were in the next room-clearing their cell phone data before traveling to Sweden.
The phone numbers of state officials and key locations in Iran are among the deleted screenshots in the Protocol 16 video documents. According to the data, the majority of the deleted information concerns his former boss at Gohardasht Prison, Mohammad Moghiseh, as well as Moghiseh’s family members and, in particular, his bodyguards.
“I was going to visit Mr. Heresh Sadegh Ayoubi (Hamid Noury’s stepdaughter’s ex-husband),” Hamid Noury explained to the prosecutor about the deleted information. He was a person who intruded. Some of the phone numbers I thought he might have called were working in Evin Prison, so I deleted them. Madam Prosecutor, I wish I hadn’t recorded these numbers in the first place. Because the plaintiffs, in this case, are my enemies and the enemies of Iran.”
In response to the prosecutor’s question about why he went to Sweden even though he knew he would get into trouble with Hersh, the defendant said he did so because he respected Heresh’s wife, his own stepdaughter.”Rest assured, when I leave this place, I will have the numbers of all lawyers, prosecutors, police, and everyone else,” Hamid Noury told the court judges and prosecutors. Especially Mr. Kenneth Lewis’ phone number.”
“These people have fabricated my conversation with Moghiseh,” Noury claimed in response to a question from Kenneth Lewis, the lawyer for some plaintiffs who are members of the People’s Mojahedin of Iran (PMOI/MEK). They have edited some pieces together. This is something your clients excel at.”Despite his own confirmation, Noury denied meeting with Mohammad Moghiseh before leaving Iran.
The NCRI’s Security and Counterterrorism Commission released a secret tape from interrogator and torturer Mohammad Moghiseh (aka Naserian) on November 15, 2019, revealing how Moghiseh tried to dissuade Noury from traveling to Sweden a few days before his trip, threatening him with arrest. Through an Iranian pilot (ex-husband of Hamid Noury’s stepdaughter, Heresh Sadegh Ayoubi), the police, the intelligence apparatus, and the court in Sweden were already aware of Noury’s whereabouts, according to Moghiseh.
When asked who the name ‘Raisi’ in his address book belonged to, the defendant said it didn’t belong to Ebrahim Raisi, the Iranian regime’s president, but rather to “Ata Raisi,” a colleague from Evin Prison.
Kenneth Lewis pressed the defendant to explain his communications, pointing out that there were 15 phone numbers from officials in Evin Prison compared to ten phone numbers from other officials in Gohardasht Prison. The defendant had claimed he had only worked in Evin Prison and had never worked in Gohardasht Prison. Noury responded that he had visited Gohardasht Prison and made friendships there over the previous ten years.