Sweden advises against traveling to Iran due to controversial court verdict

STOCKHOLM, June 23 (Reuters) – The Swedish Foreign Ministry has advised its citizens to refrain from traveling to Iran ahead of the conclusion of a lawsuit that has soured relations between the two countries.

“Due to the security situation, the Foreign Ministry recommends against any travel to Iran,” the ministry said in a statement.

Relations between the two countries soured after Sweden tried a former Iranian official on war crimes charges for mass executions and torturing political prisoners in an Iranian prison in the 1980s. The verdict is due on July 14th. read more

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In turn, Sweden strongly condemned the death sentence of Ahmadreza Jalali, a Swedish-Iranian disaster medicine researcher who Iran accused of spying for Israel. read more

“Recently, expressions of dissatisfaction with Sweden and other European countries have intensified. Iran expressed its dissatisfaction with the ongoing trial against an Iranian citizen in Sweden in various ways,” the Swedish news agency TT reported, citing the Foreign Ministry.

Previously, Sweden recommended to refrain from any unnecessary travel to Iran. read more

Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guards have arrested dozens of dual citizens and foreigners in recent years, mostly on charges of espionage. Human rights activists have accused Iran of using them as a bargaining chip. Iran, which does not recognize dual citizenship, denies taking prisoners to gain diplomatic influence.

However, Iran exchanged several imprisoned foreigners and dual nationals for Iranians detained abroad.

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Reporting by Johan Alander Editing by Bernadette Baum

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