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Maryam Rajavi speaking at a conference in the European ParliamentMrs. Maryam Rajavi, the President-elect of the Iranian Resistance praised the resistance and steadfastness of political prisoners in face of despicable religious dictatorship ruling Iran. She also praised the perseverance of their families in echoing the voices of political prisoners.

Mrs. Rajavi called on Iranian people, in particular the youth in Tehran, to support political prisoners and to join the protest movement of the families.

The President-elect of the Iranian Resistance once again reiterated on the need for an independent international investigation regarding the savage attack on Evin Prison on April 17 by the regime's Guards (IRGC), intelligence, and security agents as well as the regime's crimes in other prisons.

Mrs. Rajavi said that lies and contradictory statements of the regime's leaders in order to cover up or to undermine the scope of this crime underscore the need for an international fact-finding delegation in order to establish the scope of this major crime and to identify those who were responsible.

In this preplanned brutal attack a large number of political prisoners were wounded and 32 of them were transferred to solitary confinement. Agents of the IRGC intelligence unit and Ministry of Intelligence and Security (MOIS) were involved in the attack.

Six days passed, suppressive agents refuse to transfer the wounded to hospital for treatment. In fear of widespread public outrage against this criminal act and protests by families of prisoners, the regime has assigned Ministers of Intelligence and Justice in Hassan Rouhani’s Cabinet as well as the head of State Prison Organization and many other officials to go public to downplay the incident and claim that nothing has happened and only couple of people have sustained minor injuries.

They also claim that political prisoners and those affiliated to the PMOI initiated the incident by attacking the agents and breaking the windows.

Secretariat of the National Council of Resistance of Iran
April 22, 2014

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