Key culprit in the 1988 Massacre of prisoners contends in Iran presidential ‘elections’

Key culprit in the 1988 Massacre of prisoners contends in Iran presidential ‘elections’

Published by on April 11, 2017

Ebrahim Raisi, Deputy Prosecutor of Tehran during the prison massacre in 1988 and one of the members of the ‘death commission’ who sent thousands of prisoners to the gallows without due process of law, has been nominated for the upcoming presidential elections in Iran.

An audio tape revealed last summer by the son of Hossein-Ali Montazeri, Khomeini’s designated successor at the time, exposed the ‘death commission’ fully.

In the tape recording of the meeting in Tehran between Ayatollah Montazeri and members of the death commission including Raisi, Montazeri is heard telling them that these executions were “the biggest crimes committed by the Islamic Republic”.

In that meeting Ayatollah Montazeri talked about how pregnant women and 15-year-old girls were executed without any justification.

It was subsequently exposed that Raisi was the most active and most ruthless member of the committee.

Raisi has held high judicial positions under Khamenei since then and was appointed last year as the head of the Astan-e Quds-e Razavi foundation, the most important financial institution backing the Supreme Leader and his vile policies.

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Dear Secretary General of United Nations,

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.

We, the undersigned, hereby urge you to take up this issue and raise it in the General Assembly in order to;

1. Put pressure on Iran to immediately halt the executions and abolish death penalty in Iran.
2. Call on all Western governments to make any improvement in economic relations with Iran contingent on its human rights record.
3. Demand in its resolution on human rights violations in Iran, to bring the perpetrators of 1988 massacre (one of the worst atrocities the post-war world has ever seen – Geoffrey Robertson-QC) to justice before an international tribunal.

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