Those Who Massacred PMOI Members Should Be Rewarded, Senior Iranian Official Says
Ahmad Khatami, a board member of the Iranian regime’s Assembly of Experts, used the Tehran Friday prayers sermon to express his anger over the ever-increasing scope of the justice movement related to the 1988 massacre. He called for the perpetrators of the atrocity of executing over 30,000 political prisoners to be awarded medals.
“Then we see some people who on their websites switch the place of martyrs and murderers. It was a divine move by [Iranian regime founder Ruhollah Khomeini] to force the [PMOI (People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran)] out of the country. All those who acted based on these orders should be rewarded with medals… however, those who on their websites have switched the place of martyrs and murderers should repent and beg for forgiveness,” he said.
This senior Iranian official, involved in many of the regime’s crimes, continues to be infuriated over the July 1 Iranian opposition rally held in Paris. He made ridiculous remarks against the former Iranian Prime Minister Mohammad Mossadegh, blaming the 1953 coup d'etat on him for not thanking the mullahs for their support, and for instead feuding with mullah Abolghasem Kashani, a figure hated by the Iranian people for his relations with 1953 coup perpetrators.
Mullah Abbasian, another Friday prayers imam, made similar remarks in this regard:
“During the election season we witnessed how a number of people sought to change the PMOI’s image and criticized those who stood against the PMOI (MEK)… Hat’s off to the judge who executed PMOI members,” he said.
A few days ago, former intelligence minister Ali Fallahian, sought by Swiss, German and Argentine prosecutors through international subpoenas, also expressed his concerns over the justice movement.
“Regarding the PMOI (MEK) and all other groups who are mohareb [at war with God]… [Khomeini] ordered it… the ruling for all of them is execution… [Khomeini] constantly emphasized to beware they don’t slip out of your hands… [Khomeini] would always say be careful in this regard… before and after the 1988 issue. If a judge didn't sentence them to death, he would have acted incorrectly,” he said.
“I want to discuss my first analysis, and that is the [PMOI] rally in France… the sheer fact that they are permitted to hold a rally there is practical support for terrorism…,” he said at Tehran’s Friday prayers.
Former intelligence minister Ali Fallahian, a leading official involved in the 1990s chain murders in Iran, referred further to the scope of the 1988 massacre of MEK members.
“This was [Khomeini’s] orders… these people should always be executed, before and after the 1988 case. [Khomeini] would constantly say be careful they don’t slip out of your hands. He would say we should act based on our religious duties and don’t wait for history to judge us,” he said. Fallahian also acknowledged that many people were arrested in the early years after the 1979 revolution simply for selling newspapers, or procuring food and other necessities for the PMOI.
These horrific remarks are only a tip of the iceberg of an intense chorus launched by the regime's Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei to justify the 1988 massacre, especially after his failure in engineering the recent presidential election and attempting to have his favored candidate, mullah Ebrahim Raisi, known for his direct role in the 1988 massacre, replace the incumbent Hassan Rouhani.
Secretariat of the National Council of Resistance of Iran
July 22, 2017