Iranian official Hamid Noury sentenced to life prison over 1988 massacre
A court in Stockholm, Sweden, sentenced Hamid Noury to life in prison for his part in the 1988 massacre of more than 30,000 political prisoners after 92 hearings and 33 months of protests by freedom-loving Iranians. The People’s Mojahedin of Iran (PMOI/MEK) members and supporters made up the majority of the victims of the 1988 genocide.
“Comprehensive justice, of course, will be achieved when the main perpetrators of the crime, especially Ali Khamenei and Ebrahim Raisi, and other perpetrators, are put on trial in the courts of a free Iran or international tribunals,” said Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, the president-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), in response to the court’s decision. She called it the “first step in the path of full justice.”
Ruhollah Khomeini, the regime’s then-supreme leader, saw the MEK and its liberal interpretation of Islam as a serious threat to his rule and ideology in 1988. As a result, he made the decision to get rid of anyone who would rather choose fate than faith. The entire regime would prefer that those tens of thousands of young people surrender to the regime and return to their families with the message that opposing Khomeini was futile. Instead, these men and women stood tall and made the decision to give their lives in defense of a principle that would continue to inspire love, equality, and prosperity for future generations.
The current uprisings in Iran demonstrate that the message and spirit of the people who were executed in 1988 still exist and that their deaths were not in vain. Noury worked as a mass murderer in the Gohardasht prison during the genocidal events of 1988. Even though they were heart-breaking, the testimonies of the massacre’s survivors or the relatives of the victims only scratched the surface of what actually transpired during those dark days in hundreds of prisons throughout Iran.
Khamenei and Raisi’s prosecution is now more important than ever, Mrs. Rajavi emphasized. She also stressed that Raisi, the 1988 executioner, should be prosecuted for genocide and crimes against humanity right away by the Swedish government. More than 900 of the more than 1,000 political prisoners who were tortured by the Khomeini regime are in Albania and are prepared to file complaints, she said.
Hundreds of pro-freedom Iranians, MEK supporters, and relatives of the 1988 martyrs held a rally in celebration of this victory at the same time the court’s announcement in the hopes that the regime’s top figures, like Raisi and Khamenei, would be held accountable for years of atrocities against humanity. It should be noted that for more than 33 months, MEK supporters and families of victims protested in front of the court, calling for justice for their loved ones and the tens of thousands of Iranian regime victims.