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News: Iran human rights

Dr. Mohammad Maleki: The 1988 massacre in Iran stole many more lives than the regime claims

NCRI - The first Chancellor of the University of Tehran following the 1979 revolution has claimed that the estimates provided by some Iranian regime officials about the number of political prisoners who were executed in Iran’s 1988 massacre is far too low.

Dr. Mohammad Maleki released this statement following the leak of an audio recording from 1988 featuring Hossein-Ali Montazeri, the former heir to Khomeini, who acknowledged that the regime knew about and organized the massacre.

The majority of the victims were political prisoners affiliated to the main Iranian opposition group, the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI or MEK).

The text of Dr. Maleki’s remarks have been widely circulated on Persian-language websites.

Dr. Maleki said: "I have evidence that provides information about a large number of those executed. The 4000 to 5000 number which Montazeri and others have claimed was only related to the executions carried out in Tehran while the massacre of 1988 was also carried out in other towns and even in the villages."

He cited Reza Malek, a former senior official of the regime’s Ministry of Intelligence and Security (MOIS), who has claimed the number of PMOI-affiliated political prisoners who were executed was in excess of 30,000.

Dr. Maleki said: “More than 30,000 of them were from the PMOI, and two to three thousand were from other groups. I have this figure from my source, who is still alive.”

Dr. Maleki, 83, is a human rights activist who has been arrested and imprisoned by the Iranian regime many times and is banned from leaving the country.

Last November he publicly condemned a brutal rocket attack on October 29, 2015 against members of the PMOI (MEK) in Camp Liberty in Iraq which left 24 people killed and dozens wounded.

In December he publicly said that the victims of the Camp Liberty rocket attack would overcome all obstacles and continue with ever greater force their resistance against the clerical regime, adding that they "seek freedom from cradle to the grave."

 

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