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Iran and Sweden exchange prisoners, the man convicted of war crimes is released

Hamid Nouri

Iran and Sweden agreed on Saturday to a prisoner swap, freeing Hamid Nour - a Swedish war crimes convict for 1988 mass executions in the Islamic Republic - in exchange for two men held by Tehran. 

Iran released Johan Floderus, a Swede who worked for the European Union's diplomatic corps, and Saeed Aziz, the AP reported. 

They "are now on a plane to Sweden and will soon be reunited with their families", Prime Minister Ulf Kristersson said. 

Oman has been the broker of the exchange. Iranian media have reported that Nouri has also been released and headed for Tehran. 

In 2022, the court in Stockholm sentenced Nouri to life imprisonment for his role in the executions.