MEK Iran: Victims of 1988 Massacre


(PMOI / MEK Iran) and (NCRI): Noury was incarcerated in Gohardasht at the time of the massacre. He was imprisoned in Sweden in 2019.


The trial of Hamid Noury entered its thirty-ninth session on Tuesday, and an Iranian prison administrator was charged with involvement in the 1988 killing of political detainees. Noury was incarcerated in Gohardasht at the time of the massacre. He was imprisoned in Sweden in 2019.


MEK member testified in the Durres Court on Tuesday

Noury’s trial has been held in Albania for the last five sessions. After 34 sessions in Sweden, the trial was moved to Albania, where hundreds of members of the People’s Mojahedin of Iran (PMOI / MEK Iran)  live, at the request of the prosecutors. The massacre of approximately 30,000 political prisoners across Iran in 1988 was primarily targeted at MEK members.

Mahmoud Royaei, a former political prisoner and MEK member, testified in the Durres District Court on Tuesday. Royaei was imprisoned for ten years. He is a survivor of the massacre in 1988.

“A group of detainees was transported from Kermanshah to Gohardasht in March 1988. We didn’t know why the authorities did it, but we later learned that it was part of a plan to classify the prisoners, a plan carried out by Davoud Lashgari, Nasserian [Mohammad Moghiseh], and Hamid Abbasi [Noury] in February 1988,” he said, emphasizing that the regime had been planning the execution for months.


Duress Court

(PMOI / MEK Iran) and (NCRI): MEK member testified in the Durres District Court on Tuesday. Royaei was imprisoned for ten years. He is a survivor of the massacre in 1988.


The guards beat them when they revealed they were MEK

“On July 28, 1988, around 10 or 11 p.m., the prison authorities in Ward 3 of Gohardasht, where I was, called out the names of several prisoners,” Royaei recalled.

“They inquired as to what their charge was. The guards severely beaten them as soon as they revealed they were MEK supporters. They were returned a few hours later, beaten and bloodied. “We’ll come back for you on Saturday,” the guards threatened.

“We knew the first executions were from Karaj prisoners because [Ebrahim] Raisi was the prosecutor of Karaj and personally knew them,” Royaei claimed, referring to the regime’s current president, Ebrahim Raisi, who had a significant part in the 1988 massacre.


(PMOI / MEK Iran) and (NCRI):the MEK member Mahmoud Royaie. Mr. Royaie mainly referred to Raisi’s role in executing those arrested and imprisoned in Karaj before the 1988 massacre, when Raisi was Karaj’s prosecutor.

Raisi was a member of the infamous “Death Commission,” which identified and sentenced hardcore MEK sympathizers to death in kangaroo trials. These commissions were carrying out a fatwa issued by the regime’s then-Supreme Leader, Ruhollah Khomeini, ordering all MEK members to be executed.

Eshragi handed him a piece of paper and urged him to write his qualifications and thoughts on the MEK when he was summoned by the death commission. “I added four or five lines, saying I have no opinion about the MEK and that if I am released, I will not work with any party or group,” Royaei explained.

Royaei was forced to write his thoughts on the MEK

Royaei came across Hamid Noury, also known as Abbasi, there. “I was less than a meter away from Hamid Abbasi.” I didn’t even need to see his face to know who he was. From beneath the blindfold, I could see a few meters. “I knew who each pair of pants and shoes belonged to,” Royaei explained. “All of the guards were dressed in military garb. Nasserian and Hamid Abbasi, on the other hand, were dressed casually.”

“I never thought it was a Parole Commission when they called me to the Death Commission twice on August 3.” “I was also unaware of a large number of executions,” Royaei added. “I knew the members of the Death Commission I saw were senior figures because I knew Nayyeri.”

(PMOI / MEK Iran) and (NCRI): Many members of the death committees, which ordered the mass killings in 1988 in different cities, are now senior Iranian regime officials.


Families of regime victims and MEK members gathered outside the Durres District Court on Tuesday, coinciding with Hamid Noury’s trial. They told their stories to the press, bringing attention to the regime’s four decades of human rights abuses. In addition, MEK members in Ashraf 3 staged a ceremony to honor those who had died in the struggle for liberation over the last four decades.

On Tuesday, Iranians, MEK allies, and family members of victims of the mullahs’ dictatorship attended a demonstration in Sweden. MEK supporters have been protesting in Sweden since Noury’s trial began. MEK followers swore to continue their mission on Tuesday, bearing photos of the martyrs of the 1988 massacre.


The 1988 massacre

(NCRI) and (PMOI / MEK Iran): Several witnesses to the 1988 massacre and families of the victims gathered in front of the Durres court and spoke to the press about the Iranian regime’s crimes against MEK members and dissidents while the trial was underway.



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