MEK: Victims of the 1988 Massacre
The group of former Iranian political prisoners, MEK supporters, and members attended on Tuesday 8 June the conference of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) Committee for Foreign Affairs, shedding light on the criminal records of the Iranian presidential candidates, especially Ebrahim Raisi. The session was moderated by Mr. Hossain Abedini, deputy director of the NCRI representative office in the UK.
Witnessed or been victims of Iran’s 1988 massacre
Many former political prisoners had either witnessed or been victims of Iran’s 1988 political prisoner massacre. Ebrahim Raisi, Iran’s current Judiciary Chief and a member of the death commission, is the regime’s major candidate in the regime’s fraudulent Presidential election. Raisi was a key figure in the genocide of approximately 30,000 political detainees, the majority of them were members and sympathizers of Iran’s People’s Mujahedin of Iran (PMOI / MEK Iran).
Abedini moderated the event
Mr. Abedini mentioned in his opening remarks that the regime’s Supreme Leader, Ali Khamenei, intended to consolidate his power by vetting any possible opposition within his regime.
“Iran is on the brink of a seminal transformation in this year’s presidential “election.” The regime’s Supreme Leader, Ali Khamenei, took a major step to push through his preferred candidate for the presidency, Ebrahim Raisi, current head of the judiciary, Mr. Abedini noted.
Following Mr. Abedini, former political prisoners who had witnessed Raisi’s atrocities spoke to the conference attendees about their experiences.
The first devastating testimony
Ms. Fariba Goudarzi, a MEK member who was imprisoned in Hamadan in 1982 while being nine months pregnant, gave the first devastating testimony.
“From the very first hour of my arrest, despite not feeling well, I was taken to a torture chamber like all other prisoners. It was a room with a bed in the middle and several cables of various diameters on the floor. There was blood on the floor, indicating that some prisoner had been tortured there. When I was flogged by cable, there were 7-8 people in the room. One of them was this criminal, Ebrahim Raisi,” Ms. Goudarzi explained.
“I did not know who Raisi was for a while, and I thought he was one of the brutal interrogators. After a while, I found out that this person was the prosecutor of the Hamedan court. From 1982 to 1985, as the prosecutor of the Hamedan court, he was directly involved in the imprisonment, torture, and execution of many political prisoners, especially supporters of the MEK. He executed many prisoners and was present at the scene to implement the verdicts,” Ms. Goudarzi added.
Kaveh Nasari paralyzed under tortures
Another testimony was MEK member Mahmoud Royaie, who largely spoke about Raisi’s part in executing individuals detained and imprisoned in Karaj prior to the 1988 massacre when Raisi was the prosecutor in Karaj.
“Kaveh Nasari was one of the defendants in Karaj who suffered from severe epilepsy, and he was paralyzed under tortures. When he had epileptic seizures, he hit his head and face hard on the ground, so his face was always injured. In August 1988, Kaveh was taken to the death commission. He had shown epilepsy symptoms there, and the criminal cleric Raisi sentenced him to death. On the same day, Kaveh Nasari, who had served his full sentence and who already had lost his memory, was executed,” Mr. Royaie added.
“Khamenei had no choice but to end the reformist-hardliner show, embarrassing those in the West who have advocated appeasement based on this false narrative for decades,” said Mr. Abedini, who moderated the gathering.
“Now is the time for the rest of the world to see the Iranian regime for what it is. Raisi’s victory as president implies “more repression at home, more terrorism and belligerence in the region, and a more belligerent attitude toward the West and the international community,” concluded Mr. Abedini.