Per Alsharq Al-Awsat, “The researchers did a research on the statistics and numbers as well as the events related to the systematic executions of Iran in 1988 when Khomeini came to power.” The report continues, “The dictatorial regime ruling Iran is established on the gallows that Khomeini founded. This regime tried to follow suppression and execution as a way to get rid of rivals who are the fan of thoughts and progress in the political sovereignty.”
After 37 years, the executions continue.
The three charges of “waging war against Islam”, “acting against the national security” and “rooting corruption in the society” were their focus. These charges form the basis for eliminating the political dissidents.
The researchers also wrote about the 1988 Massacre of political prisoners. In 1988, Khomeini ordered a Fatwa which legalized the execution of the PMOI (MEK) as well as those who they viewed as being against the regime. The Judiciary of Iran passed the sentence and executed some 30,000 people, as estimated by the PMOI (MEK). Many of the victims had previously been sentenced to imprisonment, or they had already served their time, had been serving time in prison. Additionally, others had been released, but were imprisoned again with Khomeini’s order. These people were executed because they had family connections with the members and supporters of PMOI (MEK).
The report also examined the consequences of the recent release of a tape on which Ayatollah Montazeri, the former successor of Khomeini, on which he can be heard criticizing the four members of Khomeini’s committee for the execution, known in media as the death committee. The 40-minute tape released in August 2016, is proof that the former and current leaders of the Iranian regime played a significant role in the massacre, and that Khomeini himself signed the orders of executions, which began a massive mobilization against anyone who supported the PMOI (MEK), and ordered that they be sentenced to death penalty.
Khamenei, the current Supreme Leader, was the president during those years, and one of the main perpetrators of such decisions.
Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, the current chairman of the Expediency Discernment Council, was the head of Parliament in those years, and consulted Khomeini in his important decisions.
Future prospects and consequences are discussed in the report. It points out that it is likely that the number of executions will increase if Hassan Rouhani takes the office for the second term, since the current ruling regime of Iran has maintained its increasing trends toward executions. The regime fears its political opponents, viewing them as a direct threat to its own survival and continuity.