Iran Protests

NCRI - Pointing to remarks made by Iranian regime’s former Intelligence Minister ‘Ali Fallahian’, who confessed in a recent TV interview to parts of regime’s crimes during the ‘80s including the 1988 massacre, political prisoner ‘Ali Moezzi’ has penned a letter titled ‘inevitable confessions of an executioner’ to Iranian people, saying:

“As pointed out in Fallahian’s interview and also previously stated by Ahmad Khomeini, anyone who supported PMOI in the ‘80s, including minors, adults, teenagers, pregnant women, and those who used to read PMOI papers or even buy them bread, was subject to execution. The fact is, however, that even before there was any speaking of PMOI safe houses or anyone buying them bread, regime had declared war against them, by attacking PMOI’s offices and their gatherings while chanting ‘no party but Hezbollah, no leader but Rouhollah (Khomeini)’.

It then continued with beating newsvendors. And six months after the revolution, assassination of supporters of PMOI was launched, so that by June 19, 1981, the number of assassinated reached 60-70, while no one seemed to be accountable.

And on June 19, 1981, regime declared an official, all-out war against PMOI by authorizing its agents to shoot suspects and execute them within 24 hours after their arrest, or as put by Mousavi Tabrizi, the then judge of the so-called Revolutionary Courts, to ‘fully kill’ the wounded on hospital beds, despite the fact that PMOI had done nothing illegal by then. Thus, the sinister regime started a civil war, which was basically a war against Iranian people so as to totally destroy the nation’s future generations, as it could be clearly seen. Like Fallahian has said, anyone who even buys bread for PMOI people is subject to execution. As an instance, here comes a typical ‘80s interrogation:

Interrogator, while beating the accused with high-voltage cable: you’ll be sentenced to death.

Accused: what am I charged with?

Interrogator: you’ve given coupons.

Accused, an ordinary toiling man: so what? Tell me what I’m accused of?

Interrogator: you’ve given coupons to the organization (PMOI).

Accused: I know nothing about the organization. I gave coupons to my friend, who needed them. Now let me know what am I accused of?

Interrogator: the bleep keeps asking what he’s accused of! You’ll find out as soon as you’re executed by firing squad.

Accused: well, he’s been my friend, my homey. If your neighbor needed food coupons, wouldn’t you give them some?

Today, families who send spending money for their relatives in prison or abroad, need to know that these professional executioners are only holding back due to human rights pressures and fear of a social explosion, and, as they put it, for avoiding a bad reputation to be given to their regime. But it definitely doesn’t mean that they recognize the families’ right to live. Don’t you know that among the charges we the current prisoners are faced with is that why we slipped through their fingers in the ‘80s and were not executed?

Like his predecessor Khalkhali (Head of the so-called Revolutionary Courts following 1979 anti-monarchy revolution), Fallahian saved the burden for all those who say Khomeine was unaware of the 1988 massacre and that the execution order was not his handwriting. Arguing that he just followed orders, Fallahian is using Khomeini as a protective shield for the likes of Ebrahim Raeisi and Mostafa Pourmohammadi, saying that the executions were carried out on Khomeini’s strict order and that Khomeini didn’t fear the judgment of history, unlike Hassan-Ali Montazeri who opposed the decision from the beginning.

After all, Khalkhali had once said in his plenary speech in regime’s parliament around 1980 “don’t pick on me so much for the executions. We’re followers of Khomeini and whatever executions we’ve carried out has been based on Khomeini’s very order.”

Well, it’s clear that if someone is not concerned about being judged by history, people, or God, he won’t fear the Divine Court, either. But Mr. Montazeri, who was worried about being judged by history, decided to resign in opposition so he can defend himself before God.

When I visited Mr. Montazeri in 2008 to thank him for sending his representative to my late father’s funeral, he told me with hatred and deep sorrow “I swear this was not the Islamic Republic we fought for!” And then, while trying to ease my sorrow, he said “I wrote a letter to Kermanshah’s ruler so as to prevent your brother’s execution. But I don’t know what a mean person had informed them by telephone about the letter, urging them to hurry up. And they executed your brother’s sentence the same midnight and killed him by firing squad.” At the end of our meeting, Mr. Montazeri gave me one of his books on human rights and his latest views, and then prayed.

Now, let’s turn back to the current era from the ‘80s; the era when our Mojahed compatriots, the country’s most pure people, were targeted by ground and air attacks in Ashraf and Liberty while being unarmed and defenseless, suffered extensive food and medicine siege, and were brutally killed or kidnapped in large numbers. And also here inside regime’s prisons, they were hanged in 2014 without anyone in this world being accountable! Still, we’re honored to buy bread for Mojahedin and true children of this nation, and to sacrifice our lives for them, as we believe that they’re going to last while enemies of the people have no future.

Ali Moezzi, Great Tehran Prison
July 19, 2017

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