MEK Iran: Political Prisoner Testifies
The Hamid Noury trial reached its 48th session on Tuesday in Stockholm, Sweden. Noury, a former prison officer in Iran, is accused of torturing inmates at the Gohardasht prison (Karaj) and participating in the massacre of thousands of political prisoners in 1988. During a trip to Sweden in 2019, Noury was detained by Swedish authorities. He is currently on trial in a tribunal where many of his victims are testifying about how he and other regime officials tortured and killed captives.
Prisoners were forced to go to the Gas Chamber
Former political prisoner Mohammad Khodabandeh-Loui spoke in court on Tuesday, detailing how Noury and other prison officials participated in torturing captives in Evin and Gohardasht prisons. For supporting the People’s Mojahedin of Iran (PMOI / MEK Iran), Khodabandeh-Loui spent seven years in prison. He is one of several survivors of the 1988 massacre, in which the dictatorship killed over 30,000 political detainees in a few months. The MEK’s followers made up the majority of the victims.
A group of political prisoners in Gohardasht went on hunger strike in 1987 to protest the prison authorities’ inhumane treatment of them. They were transferred to the “Gas Chamber,” a place with no airflow where the inmates were crammed and held in close quarters until they passed out from lack of oxygen.
Khodabandeh: As a result of the assault, I lost my eye
“I saw Hamid Noury in the gas chamber during a severe crackdown on prisoners in 1987,” Khodabandeh-Loui stated. Noury, his superior Mohammad Moghiseh (also known as Nasserian), and other guards began assaulting and dragging captives from their cells.
“At the far end of the room, I was the only one standing.” The room was entered by Nasserian, Davoud Lashgari, and Abbasi [Noury]. ‘It’s your dead body that will go out this door today,’ Nasserian yelled, according to Khodabandeh-Loui.
“My blindfold was removed, and I was able to see their faces.” “Abbasi [Noury] hit me across the face, and I felt excruciating pain in the right side of my face,” he explained. As a result of the assault, Khodabandeh lost sight in one of his eyes.
Khodabandeh: massacre began on July 27, 1988
According to Khodabandeh-testimony, Loui’s massacre began on July 27, 1988, at Evin prison. One of the convicts in a neighboring cell informed him that the guards had taken numerous captives to be executed.
Iraj Mesdaghi allegedly provoked Khodabandeh-Loui and numerous other plaintiffs to join in this trial, according to Hamid Noury. Mesdaghi, who has filed as a plaintiff in the lawsuit, is actually a spy for Iran’s Ministry of Intelligence and Security (MOIS). While in prison for supporting the MEK in 1981, he was recruited. He posed as a MEK supporter and government critic for years after being enlisted by the MOIS, functioning as a regime sleeper cell. Mesdaghi initiated a campaign to discredit the Iranian Resistance after receiving orders from his masters in Tehran, claiming responsibility for all of the Resistance’s efforts in pursuing justice for the victims of the 1988 massacre.
“I lost my sight when I was 23 years old as a result of Noury and his employer abusing me. I’m going to speak to this court right now. Is it necessary to bribe or persuade me to attend this court? “My eye tells me to participate in this court even if it is based on personal motivation,” he remarked. He further stated that the dictatorship executed his father and brother. “How can I stay silent?” he wondered.
During the trial, a large crowd of MEK sympathizers gathered in front of the court in Stockholm for a protest rally. The activists want a wider tribunal that would include other offenders and organizers of the 1988 massacre, like regime president Ebrahim Raisi and supreme leader Ali Khamenei.
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