MEK Iran: Ashrafian Testifies


(NCRI) and (PMOI / MEK Iran): 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 trial of Hamid Noury, an Iranian jail administrator accused of participating in the 1988 killing of political detainees, entered its forty-first session on Thursday. Noury was in Gohardasht prison at the time of the massacre.

 Ashrafian was detained for supporting the MEK

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.

. In 1983, Hassan Ashrafian was detained for supporting the MEK. The chain of command at Gohardasht jail was described by Ashrafian during his testimony on Thursday.

“The prison was run by Mohammad Mogheyseh, also known as ‘Nasserian.’ Hamid Abbasi [Noury] was his [Nasserian’s] deputy, as far as I know. Davoud Lashgari was in the head of jail security, according to Ashrafian.



(PMOI / MEK Iran) and (NCRI): Hassan Ashrafian, a former political prisoner and MEK member, gave a terrible tale of the regime’s crimes in prisons during Thursday’s session before the Durres District Court.

Ashrafian was in solitary confinement in 1988

“In prison, Nassarian and Abbasi [Noury] forbade us from exercising. We were exercising in the jail courtyard in June 1987. Suddenly, 20-30 soldiers appeared in the courtyard and stopped us from performing our drills. They used cables, batons, and metal rods to beat us. “They blindfolded us and shoved us into the main building,” Ashrafian said of his first meeting with Noury.

“In November 1988, I was placed in solitary confinement… Then they carried me to Ward 1’s lowest level, which was known as the Jahad Ward. “After the 1988 massacre, we were about 70 prisoners who were transferred here,” Ashrafian stated. “There were a number of cells.” Abbasi and several other guards arrived in our region in mid-November.”

“We informed them about the ward’s issues, such as a lack of warm water and hygiene concerns,” Ashrafian said.

“Go and thank God that you are alive,’ Abbasi urged instead of tackling our concerns. We’d have to arrest and execute half of Iran’s population if we were to fully carry out the Imam’s fatwa—he meant Khomeini’s fatwa.”


1988 massacre

(PMOI / MEK Iran) and (NCRI): 30000 political prisoners, mainly the MEK members and supporters were executed in 1988 under the direct order of Khomeini, founder of the Iranian regime.

Ashrafian spoke about his experiences in 1988

Thousands of Iranian inmates, predominantly MEK members, were sentenced to death by “Death Commissions” around Iran in the summer of 1988. The regime’s then-Supreme Leader, Ruhollah Khomeini, issued a fatwa, which these committees carried out. Khomeini had stated in his fatwa that all inmates, particularly MEK members, should be executed if they refuse to denounce their beliefs.

“On August 1, I was blindfolded and moved to the third level. I sat in the hall, perhaps two or three meters from the next person. They would take the blindfolded detainees to Lashgari, who had set up a table in the hallway and ask him questions. Name, surname, father’s name, and first-degree relatives in prison. Then there’s your take on the Islamic republic. So, what are your thoughts on the MEK? “Are you available for an interview?” Ashrafian said. “We’d call ourselves supporters.” Those who responded that they were MEK supporters were separated and sent to different wards and cells. I wasn’t brave enough to declare myself a MEK fan like the rest. I was returned to the ward with a few others.”

MEK members in Ashraf 3, Albania, conducted a ceremony while the court was in session. They paid honor to the martyrs of the 1988 massacre and praised their beliefs and identity as MEK members for persevering. They swore to follow in the footsteps of those martyrs until Iran is free.


The 1988 Massacre of Political Prisoners in Iran: Eyewitness Accounts, Hassan Ashrafian



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