MEK Iran: Trial for 1988 War Crimes
Iran’s new president, Ebrahim Raisi, a notorious executioner, was formally inaugurated Thursday following a fraudulent election. There are widespread calls for him to be charged with crimes against humanity and held accountable for his role in the 1988 massacre of more than 30,000 political prisoners in Iran.
1988 killing of Iranian political detainees
Hamid Noury, one of Raisi’s officials, was arrested in Sweden and is now facing charges of war crimes and complicity in the 1988 killing of Iranian political detainees. The mullahs are scared at the prospect of Noury’s testimony.
Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, Iran’s supreme leader at the time, issued a fatwa against the People’s Mujahedin of Iran (PMOI / MEK Iran), ordering that all political prisoners who professed affiliation to the group, including those who had served their terms and been released, be picked up and executed. In the summer of 1988, the mass hangings began.
The Swedish judiciary
The Swedish judiciary has presented evidence that a considerable number of MEK inmates were executed in the Gohardasht Prison in Karaj, Iran, between July 30 and August 16, 1988, while Noury was assistant to the deputy prosecutor.
According to the indictment, Noury was “suspected of participating, together with other perpetrators, in these mass executions and, as such, intentionally taking the lives of a large number of prisoners, who sympathized with the MEK and, additionally, of subjecting prisoners to severe suffering which is deemed torture and inhuman treatment.”
Mass execution of MEK followers
According to the Swedish indictment, there was a link between the Iran-Iraq War and the later mass execution of MEK followers, and that Noury is therefore potentially guilty of a grave war crime in violation of international humanitarian law.
According to the Swedish Penal Code, “Not only under our national legislation but also in international law, war crimes are considered to be among the most serious criminal acts. These types of crimes are considered highly serious that national courts are competent and required to conduct proceedings, regardless of who committed them or where they occurred. As a result of international obligations and the principle of universal jurisdiction, legal procedures can be launched in Sweden.”
Witnesses and survivors of the 1988 massacre
Prosecutors in Sweden have accumulated a large amount of evidence from witnesses and survivors of the 1988 massacre and plan to file charges against Noury on Tuesday. The trial will most likely run for at least nine months.
On November 9, 2019, Noury was apprehended at Stockholm’s Arlanda Airport. He had been informed by a mullah’s regime official that if he traveled to Sweden, he would be arrested, but Noury boasted that he spent 10 days in Sweden every year and was unconcerned. Evidence has now surfaced that implies the Iranian regime is attempting to manipulate the outcome of the trial.
Noury’s atrocities in Gohardasht Prison
Many of the remaining legitimate plaintiffs in the case have testified via video link from Ashraf 3, the Albanian headquarters of over 2,500 MEK sympathizers, as well as other nations around the world. The plaintiffs are largely ex-prisoners who witnessed Noury’s atrocities in Gohardasht Prison’s death lane during the 1988 massacre.
Raisi’s hands-on role in the killing of thousands of political prisoners, including teenagers and even pregnant women, will be exposed to the world’s press during his trial in Sweden, which is sure to be a major humiliation for him.