Many More Lives Lost in 1998 Massacre than Iran Claims

Dr. Mohammad Maleki an Iranian academic, pro-democracy activist, and former president of the University of Tehran, released his statement after an audio recording, published on a website dedicated to Hossein-Ali Montazeri, on which the former heir to Khomeini can be heard acknowledging the regime’s knowledge of, and organization of, the 1988 massacre.

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

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.”

According to Dr.Maleki, Reza Malek, a former senior official of the regime’s Ministry of Intelligence and Security (MOIS), claimed the actual number of executed PMOI-affiliated political prisoners 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, has been arrested many time and has spent time in prison under the Iranian regime.  He has been banned from leaving the country.

He publicly condemned the October 29, 2015 rocket attack against members of the PMOI (MEK) in Camp Liberty in Iraq which left 24 people killed and dozens wounded.  He publicly said that the residents of Camp Liberty rocket attack will overcome all obstacles, and continue their resistance against the clerical regime with ever greater force, sayng that they “seek freedom from cradle to the grave.”