Iran’s Minister of Justice Admits Pride for his Role in the 1988 Massacre

Iran’s Minister of Justice Admits Pride for his Role in the 1988 Massacre

Published by on September 7, 2016

Mostafa-Pour-MohammadiTasnim news agency, affiliated to the IRGC Qods Force, wrote on August 28 that Mostafa Pour-Mohammadi, a member of Khomeini’s “Death Commission” and current Minister of Justice in Rouhani’s government, admitted to his role in the massacre of 30,000 political prisoners in the summer of 1988. He said he was proud of it.
When speaking at the administrative council meeting in the city of Khorram-Abad in Lorestan province on August 28, Pour-Mohammadi said, “We are proud we have implemented God’s order about Mojahedin (PMOI or MEK). We have stood against the enemy of God and people and confronted them with power. God have said that do not have mercy on the infidels because they do not have mercy on you and we should not have mercy on Mojahedin.”


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The number of executions is rising in Iran, journalists are being detained for doing their job and activists face cruel and degrading punishments, long prison terms and even execution. According to the most recent reports by Amnesty International and the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child, “Iran’s judiciary continues to sentence child offenders to death, and carry out their execution by hanging”. Also, on August 9th, 2016 the son of late Ayatollah Hossein Ali Montazeri, Khomeini’s designated successor in 1988, published a shocking audio tape of his father’s meeting with the “Death Commission” which summarily and extra-judicially executed tens of thousands of political prisoners held in jails across Iran. The massacre was carried out on the basis of a fatwa by the regime’s then-Supreme Leader Khomeini.

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