Tehran Prosecutor: “Those who Carried Out #1988Massacre are now Dead.”

Tehran Prosecutor: “Those who Carried Out #1988Massacre are now Dead.”

Published by on November 24, 2016

maryam-vakili-monfaredFollowing Maryam Akbari Monfared’s complaint over the execution of her brother and sister in 1988, an official at Tehran Prosecutor’s Office has said that the order to cut the prisoner’s visits with her husband and children has been issued from ‘above’. He has also responded verbally to the political prisoner’s family. “What does she want to know? Those who have executed her brother and sister are now either dead or too old and her brother and sister are probably buried in Khavaran cemetery”, said the official.


The official at Tehran Prosecutor’s Office has also told Akbari Monfared’s family that such complaints will yield her nothing and that it’s only going to make her situation at the prison more difficult and prevent her from being allowed to temporarily leave the prison or being released.


This political prisoner has recently filed a complaint from inside the Evin Prison, asking for investigations to be made regarding the 1988 execution of her sister and brother, namely Roghieh Akbari Monfared and Abdolreza Akbari Monfared, so that the officials involved be determined. Since their burial place has not yet been announced to the family, she has also asked for clarification on how they were executed and the place they were buried.


While the official at Tehran Prosecutor’s Office has pointed to the possible burial place of Akbari Monfared’s sister and brother in Khavaran, the eye witnesses have reported that the bodies of the executed prisoners were secretly dumped into mass graves, with no burial ceremonies being carried out. Most of the victims were members and supporters of the PMOI.

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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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