NCRI - Iran: Trial of Ahmad Montazeri without a lawyer in the Special Clerical Court on charges of “acting against national security”
According to reports, Ahmad Montazeri, son of Ayatollah Hossein-Ali Montazeri (former Deputy Supreme Leader and Khomeini’s nominated successor at the time) was tried in the Special Court for Clerics (SCC) in Qom on Wednesday, October 19, for publishing an audio file of his father’s meeting with the “Death Commission” responsible for the massacre of 30,000 political prisoners in 1988 in Iran.
NCRI - On Friday- 21 October 2016 Mr Dirk Claes mayor of Rotselaar city in Belgium presided over a meeting of Belgian Committee of Parliamentarians and Mayors for a Democratic Iran, following is the text of the speech.
Ladies and Gentlemen
Thank you for coming to this meeting today which I have organized as the mayor of Rotselaar. I have been the mayor since 1995. For those who have come here for the first time, Rotselaar is located in the Belgian province of Flemish-Brabant and is famous for holding one of the biggest festivals in Europe. Around 300, 000 people from all over the world come here for our music festivals every year.
NCRI - The mullah’s anti-human regime sent 14 prisoners in the Qezel-Hessar prison (in Karaj) to the gallows on October 19. These prisoners had been transferred from the Broader Tehran and Qezzel-Hessar prisons to solitary confinement two days ago to be put on death row. Even considering the laws of this medieval regime, the procedure of condemning these prisoners to death was unjust, and many of them were even deprived of having their attorney.
NCRI - A young prisoner in Ilam prison has committed suicide due to his unjust sentence and the catastrophic prison situation.
Shahryar Tarhani, 27, from Koohdasht, Lorestan province, who had been held in Ilam prison for four years for carrying illegal weapons, committed suicide by taking rice tablets. Prison officials’ inaction and delay in sending him to hospital led to his death.
NCRI - Four members of her family, three brothers and one sister, were executed for supporting the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI or MEK) and she only received a few bags containing their belongings. Her sister and one of her brothers were executed during the 1988 massacre of 30,000 political prisoners in Iran and now Maryam Akbari Monfared has filed official complaint from the prison and asked Tehran prosecutor's office to investigate the death of his brother and sister who were executed in the summer of 1988 while serving their prison sentences.
NCRI - Ghasem Ahmadi, a member of Iranian regime’s Parliament, has confessed to parts of corruption in Iran under the rule of the Mullahs.
In his Parliamentary speech on Sunday October 16, Ahmadi said: “during the past few days, I read a book on the dimensions of corruption in Iran; I cried. I’m going to read some short parts of this 160-page book, quoted from Tadbir Eghtesad Institution. Friends! Please take a listen. This is only the corruption related to banks:
NCRI - According to the head of Ministry of Education’s Office of Assessment and Responding to Complaints, regarding the school corporal punishment, a total of 1,924 complaints have been recorded in the past two years of which 1,274 cases have been recognized as ‘justifiable’.
Protesters chant: “Poverty line:$ 900; our salary: $300”
NCRI - On October 17 morning, thousands of retired educators in the cities of Tehran, Qazvin, Yazd, Isfahan and Mashhad staged demonstrations to demand homogenizing their salaries and receiving their deferred salaries.
NCRI- Below is the text of speech by Mr. Struan Stevenson, President of the European Iraqi Freedom Association (EIFA) at University of California- Berkeley on October 15, 2016. Mr. Stevenson was a Member of the European Parliament representing Scotland (1999-2014). He was President of the Parliament’s Delegation for Relations with Iraq (2009- 2014) and Chair of Friends of a Free Iran Intergroup (Caucus) from 2004-2014.