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Iran: Calls for an international commission into 1988 massacre of 30,000 political prisoners

By The National – 19th August 2017

A GROUP of politicians has called for an international commission to be set up to investigate the massacre in summer 1988 of more than 30,000 political prisoners in Iran, with a view to prosecuting those involved.

 

The call came in Paris, base of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), the country’s opposition-in-exile, during an exhibition highlighting the horrors of the massacre, from Paris Mayor Jean-François Legaret.

 

He was joined by several of his mayoral colleagues, Yves Bonnet, former head of France’s domestic anti-terrorism organisation and former Scottish MEP Struan Stevenson, president of European Iraqi Freedom Association.

Stevenson condemned a trip by EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini to Iran and said both Europe and the UN should demand an inquiry into the massacre.

 

“[Iranian President Hassan] Rouhani has been hailed in the West as a moderate and a reformist, despite the fact that more than 3500 people, including 80 women, have been executed during the four years he has been in office, catapulting Iran into pole position as the world’s number one state executioner per capita,” said Stevenson.

 

“Three days before Mogherini arrived in Tehran, Amnesty International published a 94-page report highlighting the ‘web of oppression’ that pervades Iran and detailing the catastrophic human rights situation in the country.

 

“The French government and the EU should also be demanding a full United Nations inquiry into the 1988 massacre, with Khamenei, [supreme leader Sayyid Ali Hosseini] Rouhani and their clique of killer clerics indicted for crimes against humanity and brought for trial before the international courts in The Hague.”

 

Maryam Rajavi, president-elect of the Iranian Resistance, said: “The people of Iran want to end the impunity of those in charge of the massacre and hold them accountable. This has turned into the Iranian people’s most important political demand from the clerical regime. We urge the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights to set up an independent commission of inquiry to investigate the 1988 massacre.”

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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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Gholam-Reza Khalaf Rezai-Zare’e

Gholam-Reza Khalaf Rezai-Zare’e

Position during 1988 massacre: Member of the Death Commission in Dezful (south-west Iran)

Present post and occupation: Supreme Court judge

He was part of the “Death Committee” during 1988 massacre, and was very active. He put a lot of pressure on political prisoners after June 20th 1981. Gholamreza khalaf Rezai-Zare’ was promoted to chief of justice for several provinces due to his complaisance and active role during the 1988 massacre. He was later assigned as deputy of the regime’s Supreme Court.

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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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