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.
Raisi was a member of the Death Commission
Ebrahim Raisi was a prominent member of the Gohardasht Prison Death Commission and a deputy prosecutor in Tehran in 1988.
The atrocities perpetrated by Raisi
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.
NCRI member Hassan Ashrafian, who became familiar with the MEK after the anti-monarchical revolution in 1978, spoke about the massacre:
“In 1981, I went to Tehran and took part in the demonstration of June 20, 1981, where I witnessed how the regime suppressed the peaceful demonstrations of the MEK and the people. After that, we saw that the regime started mass arrests and executions in prisons. I was arrested in January 1983 in Tehran, and at the same night that I was arrested, they created scenes of mock execution for me.” Mr. Ashrafian said.
MEK the biggest threat to the clerical regim
Since the leadership and the hierarchy of all Islamic Republic opposition groups had been destroyed, the Mojahedin organization kept its structure, becoming the biggest threat to the clerical regime.
Because of the reason, prisoners who claimed to be MEK followers, were heavily tortured and imprisoned in inhumane conditions.
I was tortured and severely flogged
“I was transferred to Evin Prison, where I was tortured and severely flogged with an electric cable. This torture lasted for several days and every time for several hours.” He explained.
“During the time I was being interrogated and tortured, I witnessed the torture of my MEK brothers and sisters and other prisoners who were fighting against Khomeini. Seeing and hearing those scenes was so much more painful than the torture I endured.”
Deciding the destiny of the prisoners in a matter of minutes
“I saw transparent plastic bags in which there were corpses. I saw that scene but I did not want to talk about it. I told Abolhassan, look and see what these plastics are.
He said they are the corpses of the prisoners. Hearing that, I had a very severe headache and sat down on the floor. I knew what it was, but I did not dare to say it,” Ashrafian added.
He also explained how the interrogations took place, deciding the destiny of the prisoners in a matter of minutes.
Prisoners wrote their names on parts of their bodies
“Prisoners were taken to a room before being executed and given a few minutes to write their wills. And they wrote their names on their feet or parts of their bodies so they could be identified after their martyrdom. Some of them wrote their wills and some of them did not write anything because they did not trust them, but as far as we know, their words in their wills were to send their greetings to Massoud (Rajavi) and say that we stood to the end.” Ashrafian added.
This is only one of several witnesses who faced the tyranny. Those who challenged the dictatorship were punished to dungeons, interrogation rooms, and ultimately death, as the regime has shown during its entire past.