Category: Perpetrators

Mukhtar Heydarzadeh

Mukhtar Heydarzadeh

Position during 1988 Massacre: provincial Prosecutor and member of the provincial death committee.

Current Position: Head of the logistics section of Administrative Justice Court

He was the Prosecutor of the Islamic Revolutionary court in Tabriz, East Azarbaijan during the 1988 massacre. He was involved in repression, torture, and execution of opponents of the regime as well as the massacre of political prisoners held in Tabriz in 1988.

He together with Mullah Mirza Najaf Aghazadeh the Sharia judge of Azarbaijan province and Mohammadi the representative of Intelligence ministry, were members of the provincial death committee. In July 1988 He executed more than 200 PMOI members in the city of Tabriz and 79 of them in the city of Ardebil.

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Shamsedin Kazemi

Shamsedin Kazemi

Position in 1988 massacre: Director of ‘Samt’ prison.

Present post and occupation: Unknown

He was a member of death committee in Dezful Younesko prison during 1988 massacre and together with the prosecutor Ali Avai and the representative of the intelligence ministry Naser held martial court style interrogations by asking the prisoners whether they were ready to fight with PMOI or not? And executed those who had a negative response.

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Hossein Mirsadeghi

Hossein Mirsadeghi

Position in 1988 massacre: Prosecutor of the city of Ardebil.

Present post and occupation: Unknown

Mirsadeghi was a native of Zanjan, who was appointed as Ardabil prosecutor in 1981.  He together with two others called Akbari and Bayat (Prosecutor and the Deputy Prosecutor)

Were directly involved in all the executions and tortures of prisoners between 1981 and 1988 .Mirsadeghi was one of the main instigators of the 1988 massacre who travelled to Ardebil with the death committee.

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Reza Sarami

Reza Sarami

Position during 1988 massacre: Director of Khuzestan prisons

Present post and occupation: Retired now. Was deputy Inspector General until six months ago.

He was the director of Khuzestan’s prisons from 1985 to 1996, responsible for all executions in Khuzestan Prisons. Prior to 1988 Massacre, he gathered all PMOI affiliated prisoners and told them, “you are all hypocrites and will be executed”. He had also call the leftist prisoners, as apostate and hence will receive a death sentence.

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Alimorad Heydari

Alimorad Heydari

Position during 1988 massacre: Deputy Religious Judge of city of Rasht and Religious Judge of eastern cities of Gilan Province

Present post and occupation: He is deceased.

He was a member of the “Death Committee” of Gilan Province. He assisted mullah Moghadassifar, the religious judge of Rasht in issuing death sentences. He also acted as the Religious Judge of eastern cities of Gilan Province.

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Mohsen Khodaverdi

Mohsen Khodaverdi

Position during 1988 massacre: Revolutionary Prosecutor

Present post and occupation: deceased (he committed suicide)

At the time of the massacre he was the Revolutionary Prosecutor and signed off the execution of prisoners in Rasht Prison during the massacre period.

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Hossein Moayed Abedi

Hossein Moayed Abedi

Position during 1988 massacre: Director General of the Ministry of Intelligence in Gilan Province

Present post and occupation: Deputy Director General of company in charge of constructing apartments in sea resort in Bandar Anzali (adjacent to Rasht)

He was the prison warden of Bandar Anzali from 1981 to 1985. He was transferred to the prosecutor’s office in 1985 and subsequently to the Ministry of Intelligence. He was Director General of the Ministry of Intelligence in Gilan Province in 1988 at the time of the massacre. Shayaeste Vatandoost, a political prisoner, has testified that Hossein Moayed Abedi, as the representative of the MOIS was one of the individuals in charge of mass executions of political prisoners in Naval Prison of Rasht. Regarding the massacre in the women’s ward of the Naval Prison of Rasht, she said: “Only two inmates were summoned for the ‘tribunal’: Faranak Tavoosi and Maryam Vahedi. They were summoned at 9 and 10 am of July 30, 1988. When they returned to the ward they said that Abedi and two other individuals whom they could not establish their identities, asked them three questions without being blindfolded. The two girls thought the questions were raised for their release. The questions were as the following: What is your view of Monafeghin Organization? (Monafeghin is the mullahs’ derogatory term for the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran). What is your view of Islamic Republic? Are you willing to repent before television? Faranak was supposed to be released in a month and was supposed to be released on September 7, 1988. Mahnaz was just arrested and was sentenced to 10 years of imprisonment. The two were executed alongside 24 others including Shahin Samai who were not summoned before this court or the Death Committee, were executed.”

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