Coinciding With the 41st Court Hearing in Albania, Freedom-Loving Iranians, Supporters of the MEK in Sweden, Staged a Rally in Front of Stockholm Court
Thursday, November 18, 2021 — The seventh session of the trial of the executioner Hamid Noury, held in the city of Durrës, Albania, with the presence of the plaintiffs and witnesses, members of the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK), residents of Ashraf 3.
Coinciding with the anniversary of the November 2019 uprising and the appeals court on bombing at the 2018 Iranian Resistance Grand Gathering, in Antwerp, Belgium, the trial of the executioner Hamid Noury took place in Durrës, Albania on November 18.
In the previous days, the MEK members and former political prisoners Mohammad Zand, Majid Sahib Jam, Asghar Mehdizadeh, Akbar Samadi, Mahmoud Royaei and Hossein Farsi, appeared in court as plaintiffs and testified about the 1988 massacre of political prisoners in Gohardasht Prison and the role of the executioner Hamid Noury in the massacre.
At 8 am on November 18, the hearing of the testimony of MEK member Hassan Ashrafian as a witness began in the court of the Durrës, Albania.
First, the judge explained the framework for the testimony of Hassan Ashrafian, and then asked Hassan to swear that he would not conceal or change the matter as a witness, and to state all his observations.
The prosecutor then began his questions with witness Hassan Ashrafian.
Hassan Ashrafian was arrested by the regime’s IRGC on January 4, 1983. He was transferred to Ghezel Hesar Prison on October 24, 1983. And transferred to Gohardasht Prison in Karaj on March 31, 1986. During the massacre of political prisoners in ward 3 of Gohardasht prison, he witnessed massacres.
Ashrafian described Gohardasht prison’s chain of command. Mohammad Moghiseh, who was also known as “Nasserian,” ran the affairs of the prison. “As far as I know, Hamid Abbasi [Noury] was his [Nasserian’s] deputy. And Davoud Lashgari was in charge of prison security,” he said.
“I could hear Hamid Abbasi’s [Noury] voice who was saying, ‘Beat these Monafeghs (infidels)’ [the term the regime uses to refer to MEK members and supporters],” Ashrafian explained, recalling a certain case of prison guards torturing the political prisoners.
“In September 1988, we were 53 prisoners in Ward 3. Before the 1988 massacre, there were 200 people. Of these, six or seven were charged with offenses other than supporting the MEK, but 190 of them were MEK supporters. Of these 200 people, only 53 remained,” Ashrafian said.
Ashrafian: “Nasserian threatened us and said: ‘We killed all of them, and we will kill the rest of you later… Don’t think our hands are tied. We can execute you like the rest anytime we want.’… Noury was there and agreed with every statement by nodding his head.”
Ashrafian: In Nov 1988, in response to issues we raised about our conditions in prison, Abbasi said, ‘Go & thank God that you’re alive. If we wanted to execute Imam’s fatwa—he meant Khomeini—completely, we would have to arrest & execute half of the people of Iran.’”
“From July 30, 1988, when they started reading out names, we knew where they were taking them,” Ashrafian said. “They took the rest of us to the cells. We said our goodbyes to those who were taken away.”
Stockholm, Sweden, November, 18, 2021— Coinciding with the 41st court hearing in Albania, freedom-Loving Iranians, supporters of the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) rallied in Front of Stockholm district court.
Supporters of the Iranian resistance declared their solidarity with the martyrs of the November 2019 nationwide uprising. They also stressed to continue of seeking Justice for the martyrs of the 1988 massacre and their families.
Iranians, MEK supporters and relatives of the 1988 massacre martyrs called for the prosecution of the mullahs’ regime leader supreme leader, Ali Khamenei, and the mass murderer Ebrahim Raisi, the executioner of the 1988 massacre, in international courts for crimes against humanity.
At the same time of the Hamid Noury trial in Durrës, Albania, members of the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) in Ashraf 3 held a ceremony in memory of the over 30,000 political prisoners executed by the mullahs’ regime during the 1988 massacre.
It is worth noting that hundreds of former political prisoners are now in Ashraf 3, and many of them were prepared to testify in the Stockholm court. Due to limitations in time, only a few were accepted as plaintiffs in the case.
Read more: https://english.mojahedin.org/news/resistance/we-can-execute-you-anytime-we-want-horrific-accounts-of-torture-and-execution-in-irans-gohardasht-prison/