Iran’s Revolutionary Court has started the trial of two Swedish men charged with drug trafficking, Iranian state news reported. This comes weeks after a former Iranian official accused of war crimes went on trial in Stockholm.
The judiciary’s official Mizan news agency said Stephen Kevin Gilbert and Simon Kasper Brown appeared before Branch 15 of Iran’s Revolutionary Court. Iranian prosecutors said the pair entered Iran as tourists, with Gilbert carrying more than 9 grams of opium resin and Brown with 21,000 tablets of the painkiller tramadol.
In July 2020, Iranian media reported that Tehran had detained two Swedish nationals and accused them of being “key members” of an international narcotics trafficking ring. At the time, Tasnim news agency reported that authorities had seized “a huge amount” of synthetic narcotics from the network.