Sweden and Iran exchange prisoners in a revolutionary exchange

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“This was an affront to justice,” said Gissou Nia, president of the Iran Human Rights Documentation Center in New Haven, Connecticut. “There has been a standing call for countries that have universal jurisdiction to open investigations into Iranian officials, including over the women-led protests.” She was referring to the mass protests of 2022, which began with the death of a young woman in the custody of the morality police after she was accused of violating the mandatory hijab rule.

Ms Nia added: “It is horrible for victims of heinous crimes in general,” adding that it was also a disincentive for other countries to undertake complex and often expensive cases under universal jurisdiction.

On Saturday, family members, both of those victims and of dozens of others from around the world who remain in Iranian custody, were also outraged by the exchange, with many taking to social media to express their frustrations. Many of those still imprisoned, including Ahmadreza Djalali, a scientist on death row on dark charges of espionage and helping Israel murder nuclear scientists, are Swedish citizens. Mr Djalali has denied the allegations against him.

Mr. Djalili’s wife, Vida Mehrannia, said in a telephone interview that she was shocked when she heard about the exchange from the media this morning and devastated that her husband had been left behind.

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