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Iran’s judiciary chief acknowledges regime’s involvement in crimes against humanity

Iranian regime judiciary chief Ebrahim Raisi, known for his role in the summer 1988 massacre of over 30,000 political prisoners
Iranian regime judiciary chief Ebrahim Raisi, known for his role in the summer 1988 massacre of over 30,000 political prisoners

Reporting by PMOI/MEK

Iran, June 4, 2020—Iranian regime judiciary chief Ebrahim Raisi, known for his role in the summer 1988 massacre of over 30,000 political prisoners, defending the mullahs’ crimes against humanity while marking the death of regime founder Ruhollah Khomeini.

“In fact, [Khomeini] was the hero of the struggle against the [Iranian opposition People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK)]. He knew them well. They should not be provided any opportunity at all,” Raisi said in his remarks on Tuesday, June 2.

“At a meeting that I attended with three or four of our colleagues with [Khomeini]. There was a report regarding a number of these cases. When we were leaving, we were all thinking that [Khomeini] is more revolutionary than us. We had gone there to say we are doing this and that… thinking [Khomeini] may say we are going too far. We saw that [Khomeini] is many steps ahead of us and not only did he encourage us, he also said we should pursue these measures with a far more serious drive, and not just in Tehran, but in all other provinces,” Raisi continued.

The mullahs’ judiciary chief, aware of the public welcoming of the PMOI/MEK inside the country and across the globe, unveiled his concerns about the Iranian opposition. “Our youths today don’t know who the [PMOI/MEK] are! Because now they’re presenting themselves all nice and tidy… in Europe they’re presenting themselves as very gentlemen-like individuals,” he said.

“Unfortunately, there is a serious question about how is it that terrorists who were in blacklists just a short while ago, both in Europe and the U.S., how are they now off the terrorist lists due to behind-the-curtain political agreements. And now they are collaborating with them and even providing refuge for them. We should get to know the [PMOI/MEK] as [Khomeini] knew them,” Raisi concluded.

On Monday, June 1, Morteza Moghtadaei, another former Iranian regime official involved in the 1988 massacre also said, “At the time we were constantly criticized about the high number of executions... There was something even more important, and I don’t want to mention any names, about one of the officials that lived next door to us… he tried to give me some advice by saying we should refrain from jailing and executions. I said these are orders from [Khomeini] and we follow his orders. Go talk to [Khomeini] and we will stop… I told him that [Khomeini] himself ordered us to continue and to do so with the utmost seriousness. Even these [PMOI/MEK], those who will not repent, [Khomeini] emphasized if they are released from our prisons today, there will be bombings tomorrow. This was [Khomeini’s] specific orders to us and we carried out our measures based on his orders.”

These remarks are a clear recognition of the mullahs’ active participation in human rights violations and grotesque crimes against humanity. Such individuals in the mullahs’ regime should face justice and accountability before international tribunals.