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Iran’s Regime Is Producing Centrifuges in Nuclear Site Inaccessible to IAEA Monitors

  Natanz uranium enrichment facility in central Iran — file photo
Natanz uranium enrichment facility in central Iran — file photo

November 2021—Iran has been producing centrifuge parts at an assembly plant in Karaj, according to The Wall Street Journal.

Tehran has barred IAEA inspectors from the site. Cameras have also been inaccessible since earlier this year.

The parts made at the facility have fed the production of at least 170 centrifuges since late August, according to the report.

IAEA chief Rafael Grossi has expressed concern about lack of access to the Karaj site. Iran is stockpiling highly enriched uranium beyond levels permitted by the 2015 nuclear accord (JCPOA).

Iranians, MEK Supporters Rally for the Second Day in Front of Antwerp Court of Appeal for the Iran’s Regime Terrorists — November 18, 2021

Iranians, MEK Supporters Rally in front of the Antwerp court — November 18, 2021
Iranians, MEK Supporters Rally in front of the Antwerp court — November 18, 2021

On Thursday, November 18, 2021, the Court of Appeal of Antwerp, Belgium, began its second session at 2 pm. In this session, the court heard the case of three mercenaries of the Ministry of Intelligence of the Mullahs’ regime(MOIS) and the accomplices of Assadollah Assadi, the terrorist diplomat of the Iranian regime.

Assadi’s three accomplices are part of the clerical regime’s terrorist and espionage network in Europe, which endangers the security of Iranian refugees and dissidents by abusing their right to asylum or citizenship in European countries.

Coinciding with the second hearing of the appeals court for the bombing at the 2018 Iranian Resistance Grand Gathering, freedom-loving Iranians and MEK supporters held a rally in front of the Antwerp Courthouse.

Supporters of the Iranian resistance called for the condemnation of the terrorist mercenaries of the mullah regime and the closure of the regime’s embassies as centers of espionage and terrorism against Iranian refugees in European countries.

Assadollah Asadi, a terrorist diplomat responsible for the bombing, was sentenced to 20 years in prison in the first instance but did not appeal and refused to do so, which would not lead to further scandal for the regime during the appeal.

An Antwerp court is hearing the appeals of three accomplices of the diplomat-terrorist on Wednesday and Thursday.
Nasimeh Naami, a female MOIS agent, was sentenced to 18 years in prison in the first court and revoked her citizenship, Mehrdad Arefani to 17 years in jail and revoked her citizenship, and Amir Saadouni to 15 years in jail and revoked his citizenship.

Three operatives involved in the case of Iranian diplomat-terrorist Assadollah Assadi

The German police confiscated several notebooks from the car of the diplomat-terrorist Assadi. In only one of which registered 289 names and rejections of mercenaries, who paid in various European countries to plot against the MEK and spy and terrorism. The Iranian resistance has demanded that all the names of the mercenaries be made public from the beginning.

Seventh Day of the Trial of Hamid Noury, the Executioner of the 1988 Massacre, at the Durrës Court in Albania — November 18, 2021

Seventh Day of the Trial of Hamid Noury, the Executioner of the 1988 Massacre, at the Durrës Court in Albania
Seventh Day of the Trial of Hamid Noury, the Executioner of the 1988 Massacre, at the Durrës Court in Albania

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.

Hassan Ashrafian with other plaintiffs entering Durrës Court in Albania — Nov 18, 2021
Hassan Ashrafian with other plaintiffs entering Durrës Court in Albania — Nov 18, 2021

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.

The executioner Hamid Noury
The executioner Hamid Noury

“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.”

Hassan Ashrafian with other plaintiffs in front of the Durrës Court in Albania — Nov 18, 2021
Hassan Ashrafian with other plaintiffs in front of the Durrës Court in Albania — Nov 18, 2021

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.

MEK supporters rally in Stockholm, Nov. 18, 2021
MEK supporters rally in Stockholm, Nov. 18, 2021

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/

The 1988 Massacre of Political Prisoners in Iran: Eyewitness Accounts, Hassan Ashrafian

Former political prisoner, Hassan Ashrafian
Former political prisoner, Hassan Ashrafian

I am Hassan Ashrafian, who became familiar with the MEK after the anti-monarchical revolution in 1978, and I started my activities with the MEK in Abadan in 1979.

In 1981, I went to Tehran and took part in the demonstration of June 20, 1981, where I witnessed how the regime suppressed the peaceful demonstrations of the MEK and the people.

After that, we saw that the regime started mass arrests and executions in prisons. I was arrested in January 1983 in Tehran, and on the same night that I was arrested, they created scenes of mock execution for me.

The next morning, I was transferred to Evin Prison, where I was tortured and severely flogged with an electric cable. This torture lasted for several days and every time for several hours.

See the full text at “Eyewitness Accounts.”

https://www.ncr-iran.org/en/iran-1988-massacre-of-political-prisoners/the-1988-massacre-of-political-prisoners-in-iran-eyewitness-accounts/

Iranian Resistance Supporters Rally in Front of Antwerp Court During the Appeal Trail of Three Iranian Regime Terrorists, Calling for Shut Down Iran Terror Embassies — November 17, 2021

Iranians, MEK Supporters Rally in front of the Antwerp court, November 17, 2021
Iranians, MEK Supporters Rally in front of the Antwerp court, November 17, 2021

On November 17, 2021, held the first hearing of the court of appeals for the bombing case at the 2018 Iranian Resistance Grand Gathering in Antwerp, Belgium.

Freedom-loving Iranians, supporters of the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran(PMOI/MEK) and the National Council of Resistance of Iran(NCRI) gathered in front of the Antwerp court of appeals for the bombing case at the 2018 Iranian Resistance Grand Gathering in Antwerp, Belgium.


Iranian resistance supporters called the EU to shut down mullahs’ regime embassies that act as terrorist cells.

Assadollah Asadi, a terrorist diplomat responsible for the bombing, was sentenced to 20 years in prison in the first instance but did not appeal and refused to do so, which would not lead to further scandal for the regime during the appeal.

An Antwerp court is hearing the appeals of three accomplices of the diplomat-terrorist on Wednesday and Thursday.
Nasimeh Naami, a female MOIS agent, was sentenced to 18 years in prison in the first court and revoked her citizenship, Mehrdad Arefani to 17 years in jail and revoked her citizenship, and Amir Saadouni to 15 years in jail and revoked his citizenship.
The German police confiscated several notebooks from the car of the diplomat-terrorist Assadi. In only one of which registered 289 names and rejections of mercenaries, who paid in various European countries to plot against the MEK and spy and terrorism. The Iranian resistance has demanded that all the names of the mercenaries be made public from the beginning.

The Iranian Regime’s Impunity Needs to End Once and for All, Aban Tribunal’s Message

The Iran Atrocities Tribunal was held by a group of human rights advocates in London recently. Known as the ‘Aban Tribunal’, the five days of sessions were held to investigate the crimes against humanity committed by the Iranian regime during its brutal crackdown of the November 2019 uprising and were attended by the families of victims, detainees, and human rights supporters.

The President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), Maryam Rajavi extended her appreciations to the organizers of the tribunal for “playing a noteworthy and effective role in detailed documentation of the crimes against humanity committed in November 2019 in Iran.”

The NCRI said, “Aban Tribunal featured very shocking testimonies of families of victims and individuals arrested during and after protests.”

The sister of one of the victims explained that while she was there to defend her brother who was killed during the protests, she was unable to show her face as the regime have been placing heavy pressure on the victims’ families for discussing details of the crackdown and she has received death threats.

Another Iranian woman recalled being detained in prison and ordered to remove her clothes by a female prison guard. Soon after, five men entered the room with their faces covered and sexually abused her for refusing to confess her crime on TV.

Other witnesses highlighted the extensiveness of the protests during the uprising, with thousands of men, women and children demanding regime change.

The NCRI said, “In a nutshell, the November 2019 uprising portrayed an explosive society that has been yearning for change in the past four decades.”

Amnesty International has previously documented the torture of detained protesters in Iranian prisons in a report titled, ‘Iran: Trampling Humanity’. The report detailed the regime’s actions in the cases of torture and concluded that serious human rights violations had taken place.

A European source informed the organizers of the tribunal that the regime’s deputy foreign minister, Ali Bagheri-Kani threatened British officials in a meeting on Thursday, saying that if they failed to stop the tribunal, ‘he would immediately halt part of his nuclear negotiations’, which British officials later denied.

The NCRI said, “Aban Tribunal coincided with the ongoing trial of Hamid Noury in Albania. Hamid Noury, an Iranian former prison official, was arrested in Sweden in 2019 and is being tried for his role in the 1988 massacre of political prisoners.”

The first 34 sessions of the trial took place in Stockholm, but proceedings have been temporarily transferred to Albania to hear the testimonies of members of the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) who reside there at Ashraf 3, the MEK’s exiled home. MEK members were the main targets of the 1988 massacre, during which the regime executed over 30,000 political prisoners.

Witnesses present at Noury’s trial spoke about the atrocities they saw in Iran’s prisons and explained how the ‘Death Commissions’ immediately condemned prisoners to death by hanging. In Tehran, one of the four members of the ‘Death Commission’ was the regime’s current president Ebrahim Raisi. In 2019, as the head of the regime’s judiciary, Raisi oversaw the brutal crackdown on the November uprising and subsequent human rights abuses of the detained protesters.

The NCRI said, “The testimonies at both the Aban Tribunal and Noury’s trial portray the image of the genocidal regime ruling Iran. They also underline the fact that how criminals in Iran enjoy systematic impunity.”

When Raisi was selected as the regime’s new president in June of this year, The Secretary-General of Amnesty International Agnès Callamard said that the fact that Raisi rose to one of the highest positions in the regime, instead of being held accountable for his crimes against humanity, “is a grim reminder that impunity reigns supreme in Iran.” 

The NCRI said, “Hamid Noury’s trial and Aban tribunal should set a precedent for the European countries to address crimes against humanity. Holding the regime in Tehran accountable would not only end its decades-long impunity but would certainly limit the regime from committing human rights violations.”

Sixth Day of the Trial of Hamid Noury, the Executioner of the 1988 Massacre, at the Durrës Court in Albania — November 17, 2021

Sixth Day of the Trial of Hamid Noury, the Executioner of the 1988 Massacre, at the Durrës Court in Albania — November 17, 2021
Sixth Day of the Trial of Hamid Noury, the Executioner of the 1988 Massacre, at the Durrës Court in Albania — November 17, 2021

Coinciding With the 40th Court Hearing in Albania, Freedom-Loving Iranians, Supporters of the MEK in Sweden, Staged a Rally in Front of Stockholm Court

Wednesday, November 17, 2021 — The sixth 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.

The trial of Hamid Noury, one of the executioners of the 1988 massacre, took place in three days 10-12 November of the last week, and it continues this week on Monday through Thursday, November 15-18, 2021, in Durrës court, Albania.

This was the 40th trial session of the henchman Hamid Noury one of the executioners of 30,000 political prisoners in the 1988 massacre in Iran’s regime prisons across the country.

In the previous days, the MEK members and former political prisoners Mohammad Zand, Majid Sahib Jam, Asghar Mehdizadeh, Akbar Samadi and Mahmoud Royaei 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 17, 2021, the hearing of the testimony of MEK member Hossein Farsi began in the court of the executioner Hamid Noury, in Durrës, Albania.

In Wednesday’s session, Hossein Farsi, a former political prisoner who spent 12 years in Iran’s prison for supporting the MEK, testified on the atrocities in the regime’s horrific prisons.

At the beginning of the hearing, Mr. Kenneth Lewis, the plaintiffs’ lawyer, informed the court that he was donating a replica of Gohardasht Prison to the court.

First, Ms. Gita Huding, Hossein Farsi’s lawyer, introduced him and his prison records and the prisons he had been in. Ms. Gita said that Hossein Farsi had written his observations in prison in a book entitled “A Galaxy of Stars ”, which is one of the documents in the case.

Hossein Farsi with other plaintiffs entering Durrës Court in Albania — Nov 17, 2021
Hossein Farsi with other plaintiffs entering Durrës Court in Albania — Nov 17, 2021

During Iran’s 1988 massacre, Farsi was taken to the “Death Corridor” four times and faced the “Death Commission” twice. During this period, he saw Hamid Noury several times, as he played an active role in taking prisoners for execution.

Political prisoners taken to the death corridor and faced the death commission
Political prisoners taken to the death corridor and faced the death commission

The “Death Commission” was acting on the direct orders of the regime’s then supreme leader Ruhollah Khomeini, who had issued a fatwa that stated anyone who continues to support the MEK is an enemy of God and deserves to die.

While in the Death Corridor, Farsi met several prisoners who said they went to the Death Commission and presented themselves as supporters of the MEK. They were all executed. “Hamid Abbasi and two or three other guards guided the prisoners to the Death Hall.”

One night, prison guards entered Farsi’s cell and began him, demanding that he insult Iran opposition MEK leaders. Prison guards told him he will be executed after informing Farsi that they had executed his brother, Hassan, in Tehran’s Evin prison.

Farsi was taken to the “Death Corridor”. Around noon, Hamid Noury and two other guards came and read the names of around 20 people. “When he finished reading the names, he laughed… And then took them to the [Death Hall],” Farsi added.

Hossein Farsi with other plaintiffs in front of the Durrës Court in Albania — Nov 17, 2021
Hossein Farsi with other plaintiffs in front of the Durrës Court in Albania — Nov 17, 2021

Stockholm, Sweden, November, 17, 2021— Coinciding with the 40th 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.

Coinciding with 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/we-executed-your-brother-well-execute-you-too-political-prisoner-testifies-about-irans-1988-massacre/

The 1988 Massacre of Political Prisoners in Iran: Eyewitness Accounts, Hossein Farsi

Former political prisoner, Hossein Farsi
Former political prisoner, Hossein Farsi

My name is Hossein Farsi. I was a political prisoner from 1981 to 1993. I was held in Evin, Ghezelhesar, and Gohardasht prisons.

I was arrested on charges of supporting the Mojahedin-e-Khalq, MEK, and conducting political activities with respect to the MEK.

In 1988, when the massacre happened, I was in Gohardasht Prison and spent four days in and around the “Death Committee” and the “Death Corridor”.

In order to make clear how this massacre happened and that it didn’t just take place overnight, please allow me to go back, so I can give a more detailed account.

See the full text at “Eyewitness Accounts.”

https://www.ncr-iran.org/en/iran-1988-massacre-of-political-prisoners/the-1988-massacre-of-political-prisoners-in-iran-eyewitness-accounts/

Severe Economic Consequences of Raisi’s Decision to Remove the Dollar Exchange Rate in Iran

Economic Consequences of Eliminating the Official Exchange Rate in Iran
Economic Consequences of Eliminating the Official Exchange Rate in Iran 

A plan has been introduced to the Iranian parliament, by the Iranian regime’s president Ebrahim Raisi, to remove the official dollar exchange rate of 42,000 rials. Many of the regime’s economic experts have warned that this dangerous decision will only increase inflation and the price of consumer goods in an already dying economy.

The National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) said, “Iranians suffer from increasing inflation rates and skyrocketing prices. While there are several speculations about the origins of Iran’s economic crises, all clues hint at the regime’s plundering, corruption, and poor economic policies.”

The government of former president Hassan Rouhani made the decision to ‘unify’ the free market with the official exchange rate, which currently sits at 42,000 rials to $1. Rouhani’s decision originally only affected the import of essential goods, but once the regime recognizes other foreign exchange rates, the official rate soon became inefficient.

Prices began to skyrocket in Iran in January 2018, sparking major protests across the country. Once the United States pulled out of the nuclear deal later that year, and reimposed sanctions on the regime, the dollar exchange rate rose rapidly.

The NCRI said, “This official rate was supposed to be used to import the country’s essential materials, most notably food items. Many economic experts recognized this as unofficial subsidies intended to control the prices of essential goods. Yet, the official rate was used by the regime’s insiders to import luxury goods that ordinary Iranians could not afford.”

The Fars News Agency wrote last week that just in 2019, the regime spent around $15 billion on importing various items. This meant that then-president Rouhani ended up increasing the regime’s already high budget deficit, which was compensated by printing banknotes until this day. As a result of the increased liquidity, inflation and goods prices continue to skyrocket.

Rouhani’s administration ended up the NIMA rate, a Persian acronym for an online currency system launched by the regime’s Central Bank. This rate, which sat around 170,000 rials, allowed the Central Bank to pay for imports of essential goods, including food and medicine, despite the devaluation of the Iranian rial.

The NCRI said, “Fixing the dollar exchange rate and having various exchange rates led to corruption in the entire economic cycle, from import to distribution and sales.”

Iran’s ‘private sector’, which consists of front companies of the Revolutionary Guards (IRGC), were the businesses tasked with importing essential goods. They used the official exchange rate to create more profit for themselves, either by imported unnecessary luxury items or by later increasing the prices of goods when they went to market.

The regime initially planned to remove the official exchange rate during the last year of Rouhani’s administration, a decision which it was estimated that they could earn at least 600 trillion rials from, but ultimately that plan didn’t come into fruition. If Raisi’s current plan is followed through, his administration would earn around $2 billion.

Due to the rising devaluation of Iran’s currency, and the regime’s list of financing projects, the regime will not achieve much from removing the official exchange rate. However, the action would have a detrimental effect on Iran’s already declining economy and would further add to the restiveness of the Iranian people. The NCRI said, “Soon, people who have nothing to lose would come on the streets, and the regime knows this would end its 40 years of corruption and oppression. Therefore, the regime is shooting itself in the leg.”

Rally in London by the Iranian Resistance Supporters (PMOI/MEK) Commemorating the 2nd Anniversary of November 2019 Uprising — Nov. 15, 2021

London Rally, Commemorating the 2nd Anniversary of November 2019 Uprising in Iran and It's Martyrs — Nov. 15, 2021
London Rally, Commemorating the 2nd Anniversary of November 2019 Uprising in Iran and It’s Martyrs — Nov. 15, 2021

London, November 15, 2021: Freedom-loving Iranians, supporters of the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) staged a rally commemorating the 2nd Anniversary of November 2019 Uprising in Iran and more than 1500 martyrs of the uprising.

They supported for continuation of the uprising until overthrow of the religious dictatorship in Iran.

Also, Iranian resistance supporters called for the prosecution of the mullahs’ regime leaders,  especially supreme leader Ali Khamenei and the mass murderer Ebrahim Raisi, the executioner of the 1988 massacre for crimes against humanity.