MEK Iran: The 1988 Massacre, Eyewitness Accounts, Rahman Darkeshideh
“Every day, when the guards opened the solitary cells, they started beating the MEK’s prisoners,” Rahman Darkeshideh testified on Thursday, January 27, during the trial of Hamid Noury, deputy prosecutor in the notorious Gohardasht Prison (west of Tehran), where thousands of political prisoners were massacred in 1988.
“Death Commissions” executed thousands of detainees
Noury, a jail administrator from Iran, was captured in Sweden in 2019. Hundreds of survivors of the 1988 genocide shared harrowing accounts of those dreadful days, mostly in Gohardahst prison, where Noury worked. The so-called “Death Commissions” executed thousands of detainees after they refused to disown their allegiance to Iran’s largest opposition party, the People’s Mojahedin of Iran (PMOI / MEK Iran), based on a fatwa issued by the regime’s founder, Ruhollah Khomeini. Ebrahim Raisi, the Iranian regime’s president, was a member of Tehran’s “Death Commission.”
Darkeshideh, Noury’s next-door neighbor and a Marxist, was imprisoned for eight years from 1980 and 1989. Noury had actively participated in the religious regime’s crimes since 1979, according to Darkeshideh. It’s worth mentioning that, just a few months after the revolution, Noury admitted to his role in the massacre of Iran’s Kurds. In the 1980s, he advanced through the ranks of the government, eventually becoming a prison official.”I spent some time in solitary confinement. When the guards brought meals three times a day, they opened the doors of nearly 38 cells and began beating before distributing food. Because we were Marxists, they normally avoided beating us. “However, they beat MEK sympathizers,” Darkeshideh stated.
Darkeshideh also detailed his terrifying accounts of the 1988 Gohardahst prison massacre.”They took me to court, or rather, the so-called death committee took me to court.” He claimed, “I took off my blindfold and noticed a group of four sitting there.” “I examined [Hossein Ali] Nayeri and [Morteza] Eshraqi, both of whom I recognized. There were two more people who I didn’t recognize.”We were aware of the [mass] executions of MEK sympathizers. “We had heard that just saying you support the MEK or the ‘organization’ was enough for the [committee] to sentence you to death,” Darkeshideh testified, adding that he had prepared himself for such questions.
“However, they had another question for us.” They wanted to know what religion we practiced. [Nayeri] inquired about my faith after asking me some generic questions. I stated that I did not have any. ‘What?’ he exclaimed. ‘You’re not a Muslim, are you?’ No, I said. “Then he asked, ‘since when have you gotten like this,'” he explained.”Nayeri informed me, ‘You either become a Muslim, or I will carry out God’s command regarding you.’ They escorted me from the room and handed me over to a security guy. He inquired where I should take you, and I said, “I’m not sure.” Darkeshideh was sent to a place reserved for Marxist inmates after telling the guard that he had told the committee he is not a Muslim. Many of them were eventually put to death.
Outside the courthouse, MEK sympathizers and family members of the 1988 martyrs resumed their demonstration at the same time as the court session. They demanded justice for the victims and encouraged the international community to bring perpetrators of crimes against humanity, such as Raisi, accountable.
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