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Demand for answers on the 1988 massacre of political prisoners

The Justice Minister of the 11th government, Mostafa Poormohammadi has remarkable curriculum vitae. He was one of the henchmen of the Supreme Leader and a member of the special committee in charge of ‘cleansing the prisons’ during those years.
The mass execution of political prisoners in the summer of 1988 was orchestrated as an act of revenge against the people following the end of the Iran Iraq war, and the misXavaran62erable failure of the slogan” ‘war, war till victory’. In an interview with the press, Poormohammadi made some comments but offered no information. Now, after almost thirty years of silence, he has spoken.
This shameless executioner, with blood still dripping from his hands, is trying to portray himself as someone who believes in democracy. In a recent press conference he was asked about the 1988 executions, and said: ‘A person who has not lived through a war cannot pass judgement on the events of those years. The events of 1988 are inseparable from the issue of the imposed war, sufficient opportunity is required in order to explain those events.”
The regime’s criminal leaders and its henchmen like Poormohammadi, have not made clear yet, what legal justification they have for the few minutes long summary trials which were held in prison wards by the special death committee, and which passed sentences of death even on those who had already served their sentences. What evidence did the state offer for their charge and sentence; and why is it that even today, the regime refuses to let the families know the place of burial of the victims of this atrocity?
The regime’s silence has a reason. They hope that the whole catastrophe will be forgotten with the passage of time, hence Poormohammadi’s reference to shortage of opportunity.
The regime of the Islamic Republic sent thousands of the best sons and daughters of our country to theie death in two months around August and September 1988, and buried them in shallow trenches in the cemetery of Khavaran [reserved for dissenters], in South East of Tehran and similarly in other cities and towns. Still today the families of the victims of this atrocity cannot visit the graves of their loved ones where they can leave flowers and remember them.
According to the memoires of Ayatollah HoseinAli Montazeri, Mostafa Poormohammadi shamelessly referred to the political prisoners as Iraqi forces at war with Iran, and said: ‘In war, if you want to stay alive, you cannot hesitate in pulling the trigger, because if you do not move quickly you will be killed’.
27 years on from the summer of mass executions, no official figure of the Islamic Republic regime has shed any light on these questions. What the political parties and organisation, human rights activists, and especially the families of political prisoners want to know is the scale of the executions, and the identification of those responsible for this heinous atrocity and their being brought to justice by an appropriate court.
MaZanan 03.09.2015

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