MEK Iran: Former Political Prisoner Testifies Against Noury
The 48th session of Hamid Noury’s trial began on Tuesday. Noury is an Iranian prison administrator who was arrested in 2019 for crimes against political detainees in the 1980s, including his role in the 1988 massacre. A former political prisoner, Mohammad Khodabandeh-Loui, testified against Noury and his role in torturing captives in Evin and Gohardasht prisons on the same day. Khodabandeh-Loui was a witness to the 1988 killing of over 30,000 political prisoners, the majority of whom were members of the People’s Mojahedin of Iran (PMOI / MEK Iran) organization.
In 1987, inmates in Gohardasht went on hunger strike
Ali Khodabandeh-Loui, Khodabandeh-father, Loui’s was a dentist who was hanged for supporting the MEK in 1980. Mahmoud Khodabandeh-Loui, Mohammad’s brother, was arrested in 1989 with his cousin Gholamreza Pour-Eghbali, and both were eventually executed.
During Noury’s trial, Khodabandeh-Loui testified that he was moved to Evin prison with 157 other convicts during the 1988 massacre. “Only seven of us made it out alive,” he stated.
In 1987, inmates in Gohardasht went on hunger strike to protest the inhumane treatment they were receiving from prison officials. Everyone was led to a place known as the Gas Chamber, which was a small room where prisoners were crammed together and could barely breathe.
Mohammad, I saw Hamid Noury in the gas chamber in 1987
“I saw Hamid Noury in the gas chamber during a severe crackdown on prisoners in 1987,” Khodabandeh-Loui stated. “Noury and his boss, Nasserian, together with other guards, began hitting captives and dragging them out of the cell one by one,” he testified.
“At the far end of the room, I was the only one standing.” The room was entered by Naserian, [Mohammad Mogheyseh], Davoud Lashgari, and Abbasi [Noury]. They began assaulting me after Naserian yelled, “Your dead body would get out of this door today!” My blindfold was ripped off, and I could see their faces. “Abbasi [Noury] hit me across the face, and I felt excruciating pain in the right side of my face,” he explained.
Mohammad lost one of his eyes as a result
According to Khodabandeh-Loui, the executions began on July 27, 1988, in Evin prison. Through morse code, a prisoner in his neighboring cell informs Mohammad and other captives that the guards have brought numerous convicts out for execution.
“My cellmates were the last people to be executed.” “On September 24, 1988, they were taken out,” he claimed. Khodabandeh-Loui stated that he was taken to Evin prison with 157 other prisoners during the 1988 massacre. “Only seven of us made it out alive,” he stated.
Iraj Mesdaghi allegedly provoked Khodabandeh-Loui and numerous other plaintiffs to join in this trial, according to Hamid Noury. Mesdahi is an Iranian intelligence officer who was recruited in prison in 1981 and has spent years in the Iranian diaspora posing as MEK members.
I lost my eye due to the beatings of Noury
The message, who had a shady prison record, had attempted to smear the Iranian Resistance’s Justice Seeking Movement of the 1988 Victims on orders from Tehran.
“He [Mesdaghi] wants to pursue its malicious political goals against the MEK and its members who were executed [in 1988] by pretending to be the only one seeking justice for victims.” In this regard, Khodabandeh-Loui stated.
“I absolutely deny Noury’s claim,” Khodabandeh-Loui stated. “I was the one who handed Mesdaghi’s video to the cops [in which he insulted people like Khodabandeh-Loui].”
“I lost my eye when I was 23 years old due to the beatings of Noury and his boss. I address this court now. Do I need to be bribed or coerced to participate in this court? Even based on personal motivation, my eye tells me to participate in this court,” he said. He also added that his father and brother were executed by the regime. “How can I stay silent?” he said.
(NCRI) and (PMOI / MEK Iran): The 48th session of Hamid Noury’s trial began on Tuesday. Noury is an Iranian prison administrator who was arrested in 2019 for crimes against political detainees in the 1980s, including his role in the 1988 massacre.
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