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Iranian MP reveals intelligence ministry’s role in torture, assassinations and terror plots

MOIS headquarters in Tehran
MOIS headquarters in Tehran

Reporting by PMIO/MEK


Iran, August 23, 2019–As rivaling factions in Iran continue to claw at each other in their never-ending struggle for power and wealth, even more officials are admitting to the barbarities that their regime has committed.

In an interview with Etemad newspaper, Ali Motahari, member of the Iranian regime’s Majlis (parliament), said, “There are plenty of questions and ambiguities regarding the explosions that took place in the shrine of Imam Reza in 1994 as well as the chain murders [1988-1998] and the forcing of innocent people to confess to assassinating nuclear scientists.”

Motahari added, “The former government and intelligence minister must be held to account. They must say why and with which permit they took these actions. [Former Intelligence Minister Heydar] Moslehi must answer these questions.”

While referring to several other security dossiers, whose common trait was “the fast settlement of the case,” “broadcasting of confessions from state TV” and in some cases “swift execution of defendants,” Motahari said, “Regarding the explosion of the shrine of Imam Reza in 1994, there still remain some questions that need to be clarified. The same happened during the chain murders.”

In 1994, a bomb exploded in the shrine of Imam Reza, Shiite spiritual leader and descendant of the prophet Mohammed who has been buried in Mashhad, Khorasan province. Following the event, the Iranian regime made some staged arrests and broadcasted confessions from several people who claimed they had been acting on orders from the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) in a bid to defame its main threat and opposition.

The chain murders, which started during the presidency of Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani and continued after Mohammad Khatami assumed office, were a series of assassinations with the aim of eliminating scholars, writers, poets and activists who disagreed with the regime. The direct role of regime officials in the orchestration of these assassinations became the source of many disputes among different regime factions.

Motahari’s comments come on the heels of other damning revelations from Ali Rabiei, spokesperson of Iranian regime president Hassan Rouhani, who acknowledged that his regime tortures prisoners to extract forced confessions.

In a futile attempt to lay the blame on previous administrations, Rabiei said, “This did not happen during our administration, and I had no access or authority on the dossier to say that I had intervened.”

Rabiei tried to dismiss the events, which involved the torture of 13 people on charges of assassinating the nuclear scientists of the Iranian regime, as a “professional mistake.”