MEK Iran: Victims’ Families of the 1988 Massacre Testify Against Hamid Noury
On Tuesday, the trial of Hamid Noury, an Iranian prison administrator accused of torturing inmates in the Gohardasht prison (Karaj) and participating in the massacre of thousands of political prisoners in 1988, entered its twenty-seventh session.
Noury was seized by Swedish officials
During a trip to Sweden, Noury was seized by Swedish officials. Noury is currently on trial in a Stockholm court, where many of his victims are testifying about how he and other government officials ruthlessly tortured detainees.
Ms. Khadijeh Borhani, the lone survivor of a family of Iranian dissidents killed by the Iranian regime, testified via video conference from Albania at Tuesday’s session.
Ms. Borhani is the daughter of Abolghassem Borhani, a well-known preacher and former Friday prayer leader from Qazvin. Six of Ms. Borhani’s siblings were slain by the Iranian regime because they backed the People’s Mojahedin of Iran (PMOI / MEK Iran). Two of her brothers were killed in the massacre in 1988.
1988 executed more than 30,000 political detainees
During the summer of 1988, the Iranian authorities executed around 30,000 political detainees, the majority of whom were MEK members and supporters. The purge was authorized by Ruhollah Khomeini, the regime’s supreme leader, in an edict that stated categorically that anyone supporting the MEK is an enemy of God who deserved to be executed.
When Seyyed Mohammad Hossein Borhani was 17 years old, he was arrested. For assisting the MEK, he was sentenced to life in prison. Hossein and another of her brothers, Ahmad, were transferred from Qazvin’s Chubin prison to Gohardasht prison in April and executed during the mass executions.
Ms. Khadijeh Borhani
Ms. Borhani claimed, “when I was arrested, I was twelve years old.” “My father was a well-known priest at the Jameh Mosque, one of Qazvin’s two main mosques. My mother was also detained and subjected to torture. The prison officers used hefty metal bars to break her legs. Both of my parents died of heart attacks as a result of the regime’s pressure.”
Seyyed Hossein Seyyed Ahmadi
Seyyed Hossein Seyyed Ahmadi, who joined the session by video conference from Albania, also testified in court. During the 1988 massacre, two of Mr. Seyyed Ahmadi’s brothers, Mohammad and Mohsen, were executed. Ali, a third brother, was assassinated in Iraq in 2013 by the Iranian regime’s terrorist proxy forces.
Mr. Seyyed Ahmadi remarked, “In 1980, I went to prison with my mother to see my brother Mohsen… He said he’d been tortured and requested that we meet in person. When they brought him in, I realized he couldn’t walk straight since he’d been viciously abused and was walking on his sides.”
Mohsen was one of the “1980 prisoners,” a group of roughly 100 MEK followers. They were all sentenced to minor terms of imprisonment before being executed.
Iranians resumed their protest march in front of the court
While the court was in session, a huge number of Iranians resumed their protest march in front of the court, demanding that prominent regime officials, including Raisi and Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, be prosecuted. Many of the protesters were relatives of the regime’s hundreds of dissidents who were slaughtered or executed.
The massacre in 1988 has been called a war crime and a crime against humanity. It is also recognized by legal experts as a “genocide” that should be investigated by international tribunals.
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