Iran: Ahmad Montazeri urges regime to apologise to families of 1988 massacre victims

Ahmad Montazeri, the son of the former heir to Khomeini, Hossein-Ali Montazeri, has urged the leaders of the Iranian regime to apologise to the victims of the 1988 massacre of political prisoners in Iran.

In 1988 around 30,000 political prisoners were executed following a fatwa that was issued by Khomeini. Many of the victims were affiliated to the main Iranian opposition group, the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI or MEK). Many were executed simply because they refused to renounce their opposition to the mullahs’ rule.

Ahmad Montazeri said: “The top officials including the heads of the three branches of government and military leaders should apologize to the families of the victims. In order to implement the basic justice, the families of the victims should be allowed to visit the graves of their loved ones.”

An audio tape of Hossein-Ali Montazeri’s 1988 meeting with members of the Death Committee was released earlier this month. He revealed that high up members of the Iranian regime were involved and he challenged the Death Committee on their responsibility.

The National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) published a video which can be viewed on their website. As well as key facts about the conversation, audio recordings of Ahmad Montazeri are played.

Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, the President-elect of the Iranian Resistance, said the audio recording is a historical document. According to the NCRI, she said the recording “attested in the strongest possible manner both to the Mojahedin (PMOI/MEK) political prisoners’ rejection of surrender and to their admirable allegiance to, and perseverance in, their commitment to the Iranian people”. She also said that this audio recording cannot be denied as evidence that leaders of the mullahs’ regime are responsible for crimes against humanity and the unprecedented genocide.