MEK Iran :The 1988 Massacre of Political Prisoners, Eyewitness Akbar Samadi
The People’s Mojahedin of Iran (PMOI / MEK Iran) was the target of the fatwa issued by the then Supreme Leader, Ruhollah Khomeini, declaring dissenters guilty of “enmity against God” and deserving of death. Tehran formed death commissions in jails, and within months, they had carried out an estimated 30,000 executions.
Raisi was one of four members of the death committee
President Ebrahim Raisi, who was recently sworn in, is thought to be one of the principal culprits of the 1988 massacre. Raisi became a senior member of the “death commission” that oversaw the execution of political inmates in the summer of 1988. MEK members made up the majority of them.
His skill, according to former political prisoner Akbar Samadi, was his steadfast commitment to supporting the Supreme Leader and his corrupt dictatorship at all costs. The National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), has finally spoken out against the regime’s abuses.
“Ebrahim Raisi was one of four members of the death committee, and my interactions with him confirmed what many other survivors of the 1988 massacre have said over the years: he was both uniquely enthusiastic and mechanical in carrying out his assigned task.”
30,000 prisoners in a period of three months were massacred
“Throughout his career, Raisi’s desire to murder with impunity has consistently paid off for him. While the massacre was still going on, Raisi’s performance at Evin and Gohardasht Prisons apparently caught the attention of the supreme leader, and Raisi’s jurisdiction was soon expanded, as Khomeini ordered him to correct the “weakness of the judiciary” in several other cities by enforcing “God’s command,” as Samadi explained.
In the years since the massacre, the MEK’s intelligence network has disclosed the locations of mass graves from the time, resulting in a total death toll estimate of around 30,000 for the three-month period in 1988. This estimate is quite easy to accept for those who were present in any of the regime’s prison facilities and managed to survive that era. At least 36 cities have identified massacre burial sites, and it is unknown how many have been demolished since or before their discovery.
Noury is the first Iranian official to be held accountable
“I knew the person who would have sent me to the gallows as Hamid Abbasi, but he also goes by the name Hamid Noury. He is currently being tried in Sweden on charges of war crimes and mass murder stemming from his involvement in the 1988 massacre under that name.”
Noury is the first Iranian official to be held accountable for the mass executions, and his role in them appears minimal in comparison to those of those who have been regularly rewarded, such as Raisi.
“Over the years, as I’ve spoken with fellow survivors and other people who were directly impacted by the 1988 massacre, I’ve heard various other stories like this, as well as stories of prisoners’ loved ones being so wracked by anxiety and grief that they fell ill and died in the aftermath of the massacre, thereby raising the de facto death toll well beyond the 30,000 mark,” he added.
The Iranian regime has acted with impunity in this regard for far too long. If the Raisi administration’s impunity continues, it will surely be interpreted as encouragement for Raisi’s government to continue its track record of human rights violations and attempts to eliminate the MEK and other regime opponents.
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