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Iran: Political Prisoners Support 1988 Massacre Lawsuit (by Maryam Akbari Monfared)

NCRI – A number of political prisoners in Gohardasht Prison (West Terhran) prison in an open letter supported Maryam Akabari Monfared’s request and lawsuit for the families of the victims of 1988 massacre in Iran. The political prisoners also condemned the pressure by prison officials against her.
It should be noted that the political prisoner, Maryam Akbari Monfared, is the first survivor of the 1988 massacre of 30,000 political prisoners to seek justice for her family members, who lost their lives during the massacre, by filing an official complaint with Iranian regime’s Judiciary for an investigation. For this reason, she has been under more pressure in the prison. She is denied family visit and held incommunicado.The political prisoners’ letter read in part:

Iranian regime’s reaction to Maryam Akbari Monfared’s lawsuit

“Last Wednesday, we were informed that the political prisoner, Maryam Akbari Monfared, has been held incommunicado for some time. Maryam’s three brothers and a sister were executed in the 80s, two of whom were executed during the massacre of political prisoners in the summer of 1988.

Now Maryam’s lawsuit itself, which is published in her letters, is considered by the regime as a crime and the corrupt regime in fear of these letters has resorted to psychological pressure and threats against her, and upon the orders of high prosecution officials her weekly phone call and meeting with her husband and children have been cut off until further notice.

With this approach, the regime not only tortures her but also inflicts suffering and mental torture on her husband and young children. In addition, officials of the prosecution office told her relatives “the perpetrators of executions have already died (or are very old) why are you defaming Islam (the regime).”

This is while we all know that members of “Death Commissions” are now holding high official positions and still engaged in their crimes.

No matter if the perpetrators of the 1988 massacre are death or alive, the regime and its high officials are responsible for these crimes, (justice must be served) and they must await their trial and punishment.

We, the undersigned, from Ward 4 Hall 12 of Gohardasht prison in Karaj sympathize with Maryam Akbari Monfared and support the lawsuit by families of the martyrs of 1988 massacre. We draw attention of the international community and human rights organization, in particular the UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in Iran, Ms. Asma Jahangir, to the pressure put on these families by the regime.”

Reza Akbari Monfared, Saeed Shirzad, Mohammad Ali Mansouri, Behnam Mousivand, Saleh Kohandel, Saeed Masouri, Khaled Hardani, Javad Fouladvand, Hassan Sadeghi, Shahin Zoghi-Tabar, Ali Moezi, Mehdi Farahi Shandiz

Gohardasht prison in Karaj