MEK Iran: 1988 Massacre Survivors
The current Iranian president’s term, which began on August 5, is seen by political prisoners in Iran and the Iranian exiled community as a validation ceremony for his tyrannical efforts on behalf of the regime.
Death Commission and a deputy prosecutor
Ebrahim Raisi was a prominent member of the Gohardasht Prison Death Commission and a deputy prosecutor in Tehran in 1988. He oversaw the death of thousands of political detainees on that commission, particularly those belonging to the People’s Mujahedin of Iran (PMOI / MEK Iran).
The Supreme Leader and his corrupt regime
According to a first-hand report from a political prisoner who met him in 1988, his expertise was his unwavering commitment to protecting the Supreme Leader and his corrupt regime at all costs.
MEK member Mohammad Reza Zand, spoke about Raisi’s part in executing individuals detained and imprisoned in Iranian prisons prior to the 1988 massacre, when Raisi was the prosecutor in Karaj.
11 years in Evin, for supporting MEK
“I was a student and arrested on July 28, 1981, for supporting the Mojahedin-e-Khalq, MEK. I spent 11 years in Evin, Ghezelhesar, and Gohardasht prisons.
During the 1988 massacre of 30,000 political prisoners, 90% of whom were members and supporters of the MEK, I was at Gohardasht Prison.” Zand explained.
They took us out and started beating us
“It was July 28, 1988, when we had gathered in protest of the suspension of delivery of newspapers. An IRGC guard came and took me and 10-11 other people away. They took us out and started beating us. There, my rib and one of my toes were broken. Others were also severely beaten.” Mr. Royaie added.
Newly inaugurated president Raisi is considered to be one of the main perpetrators of the massacre. He was only 21 years old at the time of the executions.
The Death Committee
“We were taken to rooms called “Darbasteh” until August 6, when they read out our names and took us to the Death Committee. We used to sit in the Death Corridor in front of the room where the Death Committee was.” Zand continued.
“The Death Committee included Hossein-Ali Nayyeri, the chief of the committee, Mostafa Pourmohammadi, the deputy Intelligence Minister representative, Eshraqi, and Ebrahim Raisi, who represented the deputy prosecutor.”
“When they took me to the Death Committee… before sitting on the chair and removing my blindfold, he [Mohammad Mir Moqisseh] said that we have executed your brother, and if you don’t accept our terms, we will execute you too. I was shocked… There, I saw Hamid Noury, who was the chief of staff of Nasserian. They would not read the entire name but only the first name and the name of the father, so that no one would find out what’s going on.”
Hamid Noury was involved in the killings while working as an assistant to the deputy prosecutor in Karaj’s Gohardasht Prison. He oversaw the executions of a large number of people. He is currently on trial in Stockholm, Sweden’s capital, as a perpetrator of the 1988 massacre.
Human rights abuses in Iran have long been ignored
Since the failure to destroy the opposition movement leaders and key activists, the regime has concentrated on ramping up internal repression with death sentences, executions, and arrests of anyone thought to be a threat to the regime.
Human rights abuses in Iran have long been ignored or a blind eye has been turned towards some of the worst instances of abuse by European and other foreign governments.
The perpetrators and decision-makers of the 1988 massacre
As Mr. Zand emphasized, “today, Raisi has become the regime’s president. This was someone who according to international human rights organizations, including Amnesty International, must be tried for crimes against humanity.
That is why I hope one day the people of Iran can witness the trial and punishment of all the perpetrators and decision-makers of the 1988 massacre.”