Iran Regime Quick to Blame Mansouri’s Murder on the MEK
Following Gholamreza Mansouri’s murder in Bucharest a few days ago, the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) has blamed it on the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI / MEK Iran). This claim was made on the Entekhab website.
Alireza Zakani, a Qom Parliament Deputy, reported that the former Judiciary Deputy Chief, Akbar Tabari, who is the key defendant in a trial in progress in Tehran at the moment concerning a massive fraud event, once supported the (PMOI / MEK Iran) just after the1979 revolution.
— People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) (@Mojahedineng) June 19, 2020
He did not mention that Tabari had withdrawn his support for the (PMOI / MEK Iran) and had taken on the role of an Intelligence Ministry henchman many years ago. Zakani said that Tabari’s case isn’t that simple, as he was imprisoned for his involvement in a small (PMOI / MEK Iran) group just after the 1979 revolution. Following his release, he took up the position as Governor of the city of Noor in Mazandaran Province. At that time, he used his speaking skills and contacts to become a part of the Judiciary. Because he had a corrupt network of friends and associates, he managed to gain the Deputy Judiciary Chief’s position.
Hossein Soleimani, the Mashreq website editor, which is linked to Khamenei’s faction, tweeted that “Henceforth, Romania is also a strategic depth.” An hour afterward, the site eliminated that post because it was an early admission related to the murder of Mansouri.
#Iran regime blames Mansouri's murder on MEK to evade punishment
— NCRI-FAC (@iran_policy) June 22, 2020
The following day, the same website published an article with the title: “Where is the nexus between the Monafeqin (PMOI / MEK Iran), Romania, and Mansouri’s death?”
It wrote, “given the influence of the (PMOI / MEK Iran) in Romania, it is not unlikely that Judge Gholamreza Mansouri being thrown out from the hotel window was designed as a narrative to attack the officials of the Islamic Republic with the code word that had he (Mansouri) come (to Iran), he would have revealed some names.”
The NCRI’s Security and Counterterrorism Committee assembled the following points about this matter:
- That the regime’s security and intelligence agents, who had been involved with working on Tabari’s case for some time, had complete control of Mansouri and contacted him through both audio and visual means. He was constantly interrogated and everything he said was recorded.
- Mohammad Reza, Mansouri’s brother, is the Secretary for the Investigative Board for Administrative Violations of Employees of the Planning and Budget Organization and has a close association closely with Mohammad Bagher Nobakht, who is Hassan Rouhani’s adviser, and head of the Plan and Budget Organization. He maintains regular contact with the Ministry of Intelligence.
- Gholamreza Mansouri said that in-spite of COVID-19 that he had bought a ticket to Iran. In March he was in Romania.
- In early May, Mansouri took on the services of a lawyer, Amir Hossein Najafpour Thani, and gave him the authority as power of attorney to defend him in the proceedings organized by the regime’s Judiciary. But Baqer Baha’i, the Judge and the head of the 5th branch of Tehran Province’s criminal court, and Ebrahim Raisi, the Judiciary Chief putting a hold on accepting the power of attorney so that any further actions could not be delayed. To deceive and trick Gholamreza Mansouri, he received messages sent through several channels that it wouldn’t do him any good to have the power of attorney so that no verdict could be reached against him until he comes back to Iran.
- On June 10th, 2020, Mansouri went to visit the Iranian Embassy in Bucharest where he remained until Thursday night. He requested that the Ambassador Morteza Abutalebimake public his trip to the Embassy. But, he would not agree and told Mansouri not to do it himself, because if the (PMOI / MEK Iran) heard about his visit, they would burn down the Embassy.
- According to the Iranian Ambassador to Bulgaria, Mohammad Javad Rassouli Mahallati, arrangements had been made to transfer Mansouri from Sofia to the Qeshm Airplane, which had flown from Tehran to Bulgaria on June 18th. What happened even after complaints had been submitted as well as both political and international action, the Romanian prosecutor wouldn’t allow Mansouri to depart from the country.
- There are so many ambiguities and uncertainty in this case that Hesamodin Ashna, Hassan Rouhani’s adviser, on June 21st tweeted these words, “What kind of a file is this? The prosecutor’s representative and the deputy Judiciary Chief insist that the death of the key and the fugitive defendant will not damage the trial proceedings?”
- The Government of Romania has to publish all the details concerning any incidents linked to this case. It should, without hiding any facts, condemn immediately the behavior of the Iranian regime and its associates that have taken place in Romania.
- The United Nations has to now appoint a delegation to initiate an in-depth investigation into this case. The International Criminal Court has to prosecute and reprimand the perpetrators and their associates who are responsible for this murder, who currently are trying to pin the blame on the (PMOI / MEK Iran).
Corrupt Iranian judge Gholamreza #Mansouri was recently arrested by Romanian police. Many ex-pat #Iranians in #Romania have demanded his indictment for #CrimesAgainstHumanity so that he can face trial in Europe.#HumanRights #Iran #MEK https://t.co/NCBZYM9Tin via @upi
— STRUAN (@STRUANSTEVENSON) June 16, 2020