Ahmad Montazeri was tried without a lawyer in the Special Clerical Court on charges of “acting against national security”Published by International Liberty Association on October 28, 2016
Ahmad Montazeri, son of Hossein Ali Montazeri, was tried on Wednesday October 19 of 201 in the Special Clerical Court in the city of Qom. The reason for his trial was the release of audio files of his father’s meeting with the members of the group who ordered the execution of political prisoners.
Ayatollah Montazeri’s family made this news public in their Telegram social media account. They added “that the meeting was behind closed doors and without the presence of defence counsel and jury”. Ahmad Montazeri’s charge is “acting against national security”. The accusation was read by Ansaryzadeh, the prosecutor. Ahmad Montazeri has denied the accusation, but “on the request of the relevant authorities, the contents of the meeting has not published until the release of the verdict.”
It is reported that the court began at 9:00 AM and ended around 1:00 PM. The existence of the Clerical Court is not part of the Islamic Republic of Iran’s constitution, but for many years, has been involved in matters that involve the clerics.
In Late August of 2016, Ayatollah Montazeri’s official website released an audio file of a meeting between Ayatollah Montazeri and the committee members who ordered the executions of the political prisoners in summer of 1988. At that meeting, beside Ayatollah Montazeri who was the deputy leader of the Islamic Republic Ayatollah Montazeri, Hosein Ali Neary, Morteza Ishraghi, Mostafa Pour-Mohammadi and Ebrahim Raisi were present.
In the meeting, Ayatollah Montazeri names the massacre of the political prisoners in summer of 1988 as the biggest crime of the Islamic Republic of Iran and mentions that the future history will regard them as “criminals”.
The release of this audio tape has had an array of different reactions in Iran and abroad. Most of the officials in Iran, regardless of their affiliations, have supported the decision and have praised Rouhollah Khomeini’s decision in regard to the #1988massacre.
A few political figures in Iran, such as Ali Motahari, had demanded an apology by the officials involved. PMOI, whose members consisted most of who were executed, have demanded the trial of the Iranian officials on “crimes against humanity”. One hundred activists, university scholars and social figures have written letters to the United Nations Human Rights Council and International criminal court to recognize this event as “Crimes Against Humanity”.
Thousands and thousands of the supporters of the Iranian regime’s opposition were executed in summer of 1988.