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INU - The National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) published an article on November 9 about Sedighe Moradi, a political prisoner serving time in Evin prison, who was also imprisoned in 1981, and who witnessed the Massacre in the summer of 1988.

In a letter, Sedighe Moradi disclosed the crimes she saw committed by the regime in the 1980s. She calls on authorities and human rights organizations to legally prosecute the perpetrators of the Massacre of 1988. 

She writes, "I am Sedighe, born in 1960. I was charged and imprisoned in 1981 for supporting the Peoples Mujahidin Organization (PMOI/MEK). I was initially transferred to Ghezel Hesar and then to Evin Prison.” 

She tells how she witnessed how some prisoners being separated from the others, and subsequently shot. In a chilling statement, she says, “By counting the shots at night, we could recognize that the prisoners were killed.” 

She was arrested once more, in 1985, again serving her time in Evin Prison.  “I was one of the witnesses of the great Massacre of 1988 that it continued from July to August of that year,” she says, “Many prisoners were separated from the ward which I was in and they were executed after that. The friends who bade farewell and never came back. Our friends such as Azadeh Habib, Ashraf Fadai, Monireh Rajavi, Mansoureh Moslehi and many of those who were arrested, and I cannot remember their names. I witnessed those whose verdict was issued and were executed. They even executed those who were not mentally and psychologically balanced. In one of the wards, only one person was left and the rest of the prisoners were executed. I can never forget those days. The pictures and incidents have stuck in my mind.” 

“No word can describe the brutalities,” she adds. 

Sedighe Moradi was arrested for a third time, and sentenced to 10 years of imprisonment by Judge Moghiseh in 2011.  She says, “I have an eighteen-year-old daughter and I haven't seen her for 5 years although I am 56 years old and suffering from different sorts of diseases.” 

“As the witness of the Massacre of 1988, I call on human rights organizations, organs and all of those who seek truth, freedom, and humanity to legally prosecute the perpetrators of the Massacre of 1988 in order to reclaim the rights of those who were innocent. They must not withhold any attempt to follow the case,” Sedighe Moradi concludes. 

The NCRI also reports on number of political prisoners in Gohardasht Prison (West Terhran) prison who have written an open letter in support of Maryam Akabari Monfared’s attempt to seek justice for her family members, who lost their lives during the 1988 massacre, by filing an official complaint with Iranian regimes Judiciary for an investigation, as well as for the families of other victims of the fatwa issued by the Supreme Leader. They also condemned the prison officials’ pressure against her. 

Maryam Akbari Monfared is the first survivor of the 1988 massacre of 30,000 political prisoners, and this reason, she has been under pressure in the prison. Officials have denied family visit and hold her incommunicado. 

The political prisonersletter read in part: 

Last Wednesday, we were informed that the political prisoner, Maryam Akbari Monfared, has been held incommunicado for some time. Maryams 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 Maryams 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 Commissionsare 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. 

The letter is signed by 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, and Mehdi Farahi Shandiz.

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