MEK Iran: 1988 Massacre Survivors
President Ebrahim Raisi, who was recently sworn in, is thought to be one of the principal culprits of the 1988 massacre. At the time of the executions, he was only 21 years old.
Raisi rose to a member of the “death commission”
Raisi rose to prominence as a member of the “death commission” in the summer of 1988, which oversaw the execution of 30,000 political inmates, the vast majority of whom were members of the People’s Mujahedin of Iran (PMOI / MEK Iran).
Member of MEK, Heydar Yousefi, discussed the hasty nature of the trials carried out during the summer of 1988. Prisoners were summoned into interrogation rooms and then sentenced to death in a matter of minutes.
30,000 people were hanged in the summer of 1988
“I was arrested twice and was sentenced to a total of 12 years in prison. During the massacre of political prisoners, the situation was totally different in my opinion than the circumstances before the 1988 massacre.” Mr. Yousefi said.
“The difference, in my view, was that the 30,000 people who were hanged in the summer of 1988 were all tried in show trials on the basis of the reactionary and suppressive laws of the Khomeini regime. They were sentenced to various prison terms. Some of them were executed,” He explained.
The purposes of the massacre
“Over the past 33 years, two things have really upset me regarding the 1988 massacre… During the period that I was in that cell, I found out that the imprisoned (PMOI / MEK Iran) sisters from Kermanshah had been transferred to Gohardasht Prison. We later discovered that this was done for the purposes of the massacre.
The other issue that I want to point out is regarding one of my own cellmates, named Mohsen Mohammad Baqer. He was born disabled from the waist down.” Yousefi added.
Too many crimes were committed by this regime
Yousefi spoke about the cruelty of the regime and how it executed anyone regardless of the context: “I had been witness too many crimes committed by this regime, but I still thought that the regime would spare people like Mohsen Mohammad from execution…
But, sadly, I later found out that the henchman and criminal Raisi and the Death Committee did not spare Mohsen Mohammad Baqer who was disabled from birth. He was executed in that condition.”
Raisi worked as a “handyman”
Raisi worked as a “handyman” for then-Supreme Leader Ruhollah Khomeini, according to Iranian opposition activists, and was deployed to purge areas such as Lorestan, Kermanshah, and Semnan.
The Mojahedin organization maintained its structure after the leadership and hierarchy of all Islamic Republic opposition groups were dissolved, making it the most serious threat to clerical rule.
The numerous crimes against humanity
However, despite the numerous crimes against humanity and the calls from human rights organizations demanding accountability, the regime has only faced impunity from the international community.
“I hope that one day soon we can bring all the criminals who ordered and implemented this horrific crime and genocide, this war crime against humanity, to justice with the help of the international community, and avenge the blood that was shed. And I hope that we can bring freedom to our people and prosperity to our country,” Yousefi concluded.