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NCRI Statements on Human Rights in Iran

Call on int’l organizations to guarantee security of Ahmad Montazeri, prevent his imprisonment

Mullahs' regime in fear of further revelation of 1988 massacre and justice-seeking movement for victims

The so-called “Clerics Court” in the city of Qom in central Iran issued its ruling sentencing Ahmed Montazeri, son of the late Ayatollah Hossein-Ali Montazeri, former successor to Iranian regime founder Ruhollah Khomeini, to 21 years behind bars, and to be stripped of any clerical authority. This ruling is in reaction to the revelation of a sound clip unveiling remarks made by Mr.z Montazeri during a meeting with the perpetrators of the 1988 massacre.

Ahmad Montazeri has been sentenced on charges of “measures against national security,” “publishing a classified sound clip” and “propaganda against the state.”

“Considering the mean minimum and maximum punishments to be implemented” the ruling is decreased to 6 years behind bars and banned from clerical activities for 3 years, the ruling adds.

The Iranian Resistance strongly condemns this cruel ruling and demands urgent and firm action by the international community to ensure the security of Ahmad Montazeri, and prevent his imprisonment.

This ruling, issued under orders from Iranian regime leader Ali Khamenei, unveils the mullahs’ utter fear of further revelations regarding the 1988 massacre and the justice-seeking movement for its victims. These ridiculous remarks are an implied confession by official organs in the Iranian regime proving the correct nature of this sound bite.

“This justice seeking effort has targeted the entire religious tyranny, and this is exactly why the mullahs’ regime is completely fragile against it,” said Iranian Resistance President-elect Maryam Rajavi in a Paris international conference held on November 26.

The sound bite of Mr. Montazeri refers to a conversation dating back to August 15, 1988 between Mr. Montazeri and members of the "Death Committee", Hossein-Ali Nayyeri (a religious judge), Morteza Eshraghi (deputy public prosecutor), Ibrahim Reisi (deputy prosecutor) and Mostafa Pour Mohammadi (representing the Intelligence Ministry).

In this sound bite Mr. Montazeri unveils new scopes of this crime, now known as an obvious case of crime against humanity and genocide.

Pour Mohammadi is currently the Justice Minister in the cabinet of Iranian regime president Hassan Rouhani. “We are proud to have carried out God’s orders regarding the monafeqin (term used by the Iranian regime in reference to the Iranian opposition People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK),” he said after the sound bite’s revelation.

Reisi is now deputy chair of the mullahs’ so-called Assembly of Experts and has recently been appointed by Khamenei as head of the Astan Quds Razavi (one of Iran’s largest economic establishments).

Nayyeri currently heads the Supreme Disciplinary Court for Judges.

Secretariat of the National Council of Resistance of Iran
November 28, 2016

 

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