NCRI – An Iranian regime official reacted to the international community’s condemnations of the regime’s abhorrent human rights record on Thursday and said, “The West carried out an extensive propaganda about human rights violations in Iran and was able to create conditions in which the Islamic Republic was cornered.”
The official, Moussavi, who runs Javan daily affiliated with the faction of the mullahs’ Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, called for more cruel punishments to counter what he described as “western propaganda.”
“We issue the initial verdict and announce it. But then we wait so long [for implementation] and problems arise. … We paid enormous political and publicity costs with regards to Sakineh Ashtiani. If we had implemented the verdict speedily, we wouldn’t have witnessed such media blackmail.”
He was referring to the case of Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani, a 43-year-old woman the regime condemned to stoning, a decision that prompted widespread international outrage.