Khatami's Record: Year 1
Happened in Khatami's first year as President:
Taking Khatami for his words:
260 public hangings
Hundreds of secretly executed political prisoners
Seven stoned to death in public
More than 170 forms of physical and psychological torture practiced systematically
in jails across Iran
Ex-political prisoners re-arrested across the country
Mass demonstrations by thousands of anti-government protesters suppressed
in bloody crackdowns in Tehran and several provinces
28 Iranian dissidents assassinated abroad
14 terrorist attacks such as car bombs and mortar attacks on Iranian Resistance
270 million dollars paid to mullahs' terrorist surrogates in Arab countries
Test firing of Shahab 3 mid-range missile....
Praising Lajevardi, "the butcher" of Evin prison
"One of the hard working soldiers of the revolution and a servant of
the people and the regime was martyred."
IRNA, August 23, 1998
Defending clerical rule and velayat-e faqih
"In the Islamic Republic defending the law means defending the velayat-e-faqih"
State television, November 18, 1997
"The main axis and the central pillar of this regime is the great leader
and the vali-e-faqih, around whom other institutions and organs are formed."
State television, May 23, 1998
"I work under the auspices of the leadership, and His Eminence is considered
the central pillar of the regime."
State television, April 22, 1998
"We tell the world that our Imam's (Khomeini's) path is alive. We shall
press hard to continue this path."
State television, January 19, 1998
In a meeting with the deputies, advisors and directors general of the
Ministry of Intelligence, President Khatami stressed the vital role of
the Ministry of Intelligence in establishing security and stability in
society, adding: "Those who are pursuing the overthrow of our regime should
be treated differently and talked to in a different language.'"
State radio and television, December 30, 1997
"Today, the government, the Guards Corps and the Armed Forces are alongside
one another around the revolution's supreme leader in the path to elevate
the revolution, and defend the dignity and independence of the nation,"
Khatami said. "With our body and soul, we are all proud of the Guards Corps."
State television, May 24, 1998
Defending crackdown on the people of Isfahan
"The heroic people of Isfahan responded to the message sent by our
generous leader,... the population showed their love for the regime and
the leadership by their presence and at the same time they demoralized
the ill wishers and the enemies "
State television, May 23, 1998
"If by freedom one means confronting the aspirations of this nations
and the foundations of the Islamic Revolution and Islam, Iran's revolutionary
people cannot accept it and will not allow it..."
Kayhan, June 10, 1986
Freedom of expression
"In Iran, only those adhere to Islam and the Leadership have the right
to engage in political activity and existence."
State television, November. 18, 1997
"We consider videos to be much more dangerous than drugs.... The Ministry
of Islamic Culture and Guidance is one of the most adamant opponents of
legalizing the use of video sets in society."
Ettela'at, July 10, 1991
"As the country's chief authority on culture and art, I say: Music is
allowed in this country but improper music is banned."
Ettela'at, July 10, 1991
"Wherever they see their interests endangered, they resort to sanctions
and try to enforce their sanctions on the world... Not only they pressure
Iran, but they pressure Europe, Asia, they even pressure Japan".
State television, 19 January 1998
Khatami's speech at Khomeini's grave: "We have suffered more
than any other (nation) from the oppressive policies of the United States...
If we are seen to have turned away from our revolution and given up our
identity, no matter what they would give us, we shall lose."
State television, January 19, 1998
On American people
"The bullying attitude of America is a source of dual disaster. The
American people have the shallowest culture in the entire world. They are
a bunch of bullies and knife toting adventurers... "The worst of Europe
gathered together and went there [to the United States] to find money.
It is a culture without roots; it is based on the technology of force...
Now the Americans, a nation without the least culture, have most of the
world's resources at their disposal. This represents a dual catastrophe
Ettela'at, July 7, 1991
Export of fundamentalism
"What could we do in order to enter the world scene? We need a force
which the enemy does not possess, and this is the force which is superior
to technology and to arms. What we need as a balancing force is the newly
born, fully alert, and ready to sacrifice Islamic force . If the Islamic
Republic is supported by such a force , the same force as in Algeria, then
its movement would be taken seriously. Like Sudan is taken seriously. New
centers of power are being formed in the Islamic world...This is an issue
which should be dealt with seriously."
Ressalat, June 5, 1991
"By setting up 30 cultural centers in 17 countries around the world,
the Islamic Republic has transferred the first nuclei of Islamic revolution
so well that today despite lack of resources, the voice of the Islamic
revolution is being heard in the most remote regions of the globe."
"Currently, the Ministry of Guidance has seven foreign language newspapers,
one of in Swahili in East Africa. Its current circulation of 50,000 can
easily be increased to 200,000."
Kayhan, August 30, 1986
Ettela'at, July 10, 1991
Who are Khatami's allies and associates?
The cabinet announced by Khatami on August 12 was remarkable in the
sheer number of former or active members of the Revolutionary Guards it
contained. Nearly two thirds of the ministers belong to the Line of the
Imam faction, the closest tendency to Khomeini's views which in 1979 took
part in the hostage taking of U.S. embassy in Tehran. The rest belong to
previous governments. 15 out of 22 ministers were in the Guards Corps and
related agencies and five of the ministers were directly involved in exporting
fundamentalism and terrorism.
Executioners turned Editors!
Hossein Mozzaffar, Minister of Education: Forcefully dispatched
tens of thousands of school children to the war fronts.
Gholamreza Shafei, Minister of Industries: He was the head of Tehran's
fourth district Komiteh which covered a wide area of Tehran. Under Shafei's
direction, this Komiteh was responsible for the arrest and murder of thousands
of dissidents in the 1980s.
Mohammad Shariatmadar, Minister of Commerce: He was one of the main
organizers of the Intelligence Directorate of the Prime Minister's office
and the Islamic Revolutionary Komitehs. A founder of the Ministry of Intelligence
and State Security and a senior member of the Ministry. For many years
Deputy Minister of Intelligence.
Ali Abdol-Ali Zadeh, Minister of Housing: Was among the founders
of Komitehs in East Azerbaijan Province.
Kamal Kharrazi, Minister of Foreign Affairs: He coordinated the
mullahs' domestic and international war propaganda through the slogan of
Liberating Qods (Jerusalem) via Karbala (in Iraq)
Ata'ollah Mohajerani, Minister of Culture and Islamic Guidance:
Since 1990, by Khamenei's decree, he has headed the "Committee for supporting
the Islamic Revolution in Palestine." He attended a meeting in late 1993
in Tehran where plans to assassinate Yasser Arafat were discussed.
Mahmoud Hojjati, Minister of Transportation: Between 1989 and 1994
served as governor general of Sistan and Baluchistan province. In this
capacity he was directly responsible for organizing a series of terrorist
assaults against Iranian dissidents in neighboring Pakistan with the assistance
of Qods Force, the Guards Corps' special branch for extra-territorial operations.
The editors and proprietors of all pro-Khatami newspapers are
ex-Revolutionary Guards commanders or have been active in other repressive
organs of the regime. For example: Fereidoon Vardinejad,
head of the official news agency, IRNA, Hamid Jalai-pour,
managing editor of Jame'eh daily and Toos and Mohsen Sazgaran,
Director General of Jame'eh, and Toos, were Guards Corps
Brigadier Generals, the highest rank in the Guards Corps.
Ali Rabi'i, editor of Kar-o Kargar daily, former Deputy
Minister of Intelligence. Mohsen Armin, editor in chief of Asr-e
ma weekly, was member of the Guards Corps' general command in Lebanon
and personally based in that country;
Mohammad Soltanifar, managing editor of Iran News daily,
was head of the Guards Corps' para-military Basin force in Tehran province;
Mullah Mohammad Moussavi Kho'einiha, managing editor of Salaam
daily, was the Chief Prosecutor in the 1980s and responsible for the
massacre of 30,000 political prisoners in 1988; Hossein Shari'atmadari,
editor of Kayhan; Massih Mohajeri, managing editor of Jomhouri
Islami; and Mehdi Nassiri, manager of Sobh weekly, are
former commanders of the Guards Corps. Ali Larijani, head of the
state radio and television organization, was also a GC Brigadier
General and a GC commander.
Executions and massacres until 1997
Khatami must answer:
Khatami was Khomeini's Minister of Guidance (propaganda) for ten years.
According to the Iranian law, the cabinet members have joint responsibility
in all issues. So Khatami should answer before anyone else in the mullahs'
120000 people have been executed since 20 June 1981 on political grounds?
More than 150000 people have been imprisoned by the regime as political
prisoners without their least rights being respected, and have been subjected
to more than 170 forms of torture recorded by international bodies.
One million Iranians were killed or maimed during the eight year war with
Iraq; a war which according to all arbiters could have been stopped only
two years after it started.
According to figures published by the regime itself, the country suffered
more than 1,000 billion dollars worth of war
damages during the eighth year war with Iraq.
Recruitment and dispatch of hundreds of thousands of Iranian schoolchildren
and youth to the war fronts to clear minefields.
More than 300 opponents have been assassinated by the regime's hit squads
The mullahs' regime has been condemned 42 times by different organs of
the United Nations for violating the most primitive rights of Iranian citizens.
Biggest massacre of political prisoners
After the ceasefire in the Iran-Iraq war in summer 1988, a wave of
mass executions swept Iran's prisons. Family visits to prisoners were canceled
unprecedentally as a sign of the coming massacre, and news of the wave
began circulating throughout the country. In a letter to Khomeini, Montazeri,
his designated successor at the time, mentioned the "execution of several
thousand people in a few days", and added that this approach did not help
solving any problem. He protested against the killings in three consecutive
letters, which only led to his own dismissal by Khomeini.
Assadollah Lajevardi, head of the State Prisons Organization
who had served as revolutionary prosecutor and head of the notorious Evin
prison since 1981 and was personally responsible for the torture of thousands
of political prisoners and for sending them to the gallows, played a vital
role in the massacre. According to estimates, nearly 30,000 political prisoners
lost their lives during the few months of summer and fall of 1988 in prisons
situated in Tehran and other cities across the country.
Change or more of status quo?
Over the years, terrorism has been the main pillar of the mullahs' foreign
policy. Contrary to speculations in the West, the Tehran regime has intensified
its terrorist activities and export of fundamentalism over the past year
Since mid 1997, the regime has concentrated on training instructors on
terrorism, who would be able to train in their own countries new agents
for terrorist activities.
Kayhan, March 7, 1989
In the second half of 1997, tens of agents from different countries in
the Middle East including Egypt, United Arab Emirate and Lebanon, received
their terrorist training in Iran. The training courses are given by the
Qods Force (the organization for the extraterritorial operations of the
Guards Corps) and the Ministry of Intelligence.
The Tehran regime raised the budget allocated for fundamentalist groups
to 270 million dollars in 1997.
The Organization of Islamic Culture and Communications is now the main
agency that recruits fundamentalist agents from different countries for
terrorist operations. Under Khatami, the budget for this organization has
been raised by 15%. This is fully in line with Khatami's views on the expansion
of the Islamic revolution.
The Arabic daily, Al-Hayat, reported: "Informed sources in a Western capital
revealed that Iran, along with others, is playing a role in an attempt
to unite two Egyptian organizations named "Gamaa al-Islamya' and "Al-Jihad'
". This was an attempt which led to the formation of "the International
Islamic Front to wage a holy war against Jews and Christians'. These sources
reiterate that power centers in Iran are directly involved in these attempts."
According to a report by a special Republican investigative committee on
terrorism and unconventional warfare in Congress, Ben Laden attended a
meeting with intelligence officials in Tehran in the beginning of 1997
to discuss recruitment and strategy of logistics and intelligence.
In connection with the bombings of the American embassies in Tanzania,
it is worth noting that Ali Saghaian, the clerical regime's ambassador
in Tanzania, is a diplomat-terrorist who worked in the Iranian embassy
in Argentina in 1994 and was one of the terrorists behind the bombing of
the Jewish community center in Buenos Aires.
Kazem Tabatabai, the mullahs' current ambassador in Kenya, served in the
regime's embassy in Baghdad, where he planned and organized many terrorist
attacks against the Mojahedin.
In its annual report, the German Department of Protection stated that it
is not unlikely that the Iranian embassy in Germany to start its hostile
activities against its opposition who are active in various cities in Germany.
It seems that the Iranian Intelligence Ministry is not prepared to stop
its operations against its opponents abroad. The report reiterates that
the Department holds solid proofs indicating the use of non Iranians in
terrorist operations in a way to avoid leaving traces of the Iranian involvement.
According to a report by the German secret service, BND, the Iranian
embassy in Bonn has opened 270 companies in Europe as cover for its activities.
Suddeutsche Zeitung, August 23, 1998
Khatami: Salman Rushdie's death decree must be carried
"Salman Rushdie, the author of Satanic Verses, must be executed as
per the religious fatwa issued by His Eminence Imam Khomeini. He has no
escape from this fatwa...
"By publishing the blasphemous book, Satanic Verses, the East and the
West proved to the world that they were not only the enemies of the Islamic
Republic and the Imam, but also the enemies of the great religion of Islam
and more than one billion Muslims around the globe."
Khatami's record in office:
Mohajerani defends stoning
Number of public executions announced by the regime in the mass medial
during Khatami's presidency: 260
In February 1998, nine people were hanged in public in the city of Zahedan
in south eastern Iran, and a 22-year-old man was hanged from a crane in
the city of Ilam (western Iran).
On 23 June, 1998, a 21-year-old dissident named Javid Ghanbari was hanged
in public in Mokhaberat square in the city of Oroumieh (north western Iran).
15 people were hanged in public in the small city of Sarakhs in Khorassan
On 7 June, 1998, the mullahs' regime hanged four people in public in the
city of Ahvaz (southern Iran). The executions took place in Salman Farsi
square, and the Pasdaran (Revolutionary Guards) left the bodies hanging
in public for several hours in order to create a state of fear among the
In March 1998, 4 people were hanged in public in Sari, northern Iran.
4 young men including an Iranian citizen from Armenian origin were executed
in a Tehran prison. Agence France Presse, August 22, 1998
On 22 July 1998, a Baha'i named Rouhollah Rohani was executed in the city
of Mashad, north eastern Iran.
"Ata'ollah Mohajerani, government spokesman and Minister of Guidance,
said: "We should keep the interests of our country in mind in an open atmosphere
of international public relations. Would it be in our interest if an act
of stoning is filmed and broadcast abroad? If not, we should consider carrying
out the verdict in front of a small crowd of the
believers in order to forestall public backlash."
Ressalat, April 9, 1998
The test firing of a missile with a range of 1300 km
by the mullahs' regime on July 22, 1998
Despite the rapidly deteriorating state of the economy, the mullahs have
been spending an average of 2 billion dollars a year on arms purchases.
Only after the launch US officials let it be known that CIA's previous
assessment that the mullahs' regime was still years away the point of producing
such missiles had been a mistake.
With their new mid-range missile, the mullahs now have the capability to
strike at all the capitals in the region.
Mullahs' determined drive to develop their stockpile of chemical and biological
weapons, and their feverish attempts to acquire the ultimate A-bomb are
Regardless of what the mullahs' claim, Shahab-3 missile has not been made
for defensive purposes against a foreign enemy, but is in fact an instrument
serving the warlike and aggressive goals of the theocratic regime.
After the test firing, mullahs' President Mohammad Khatami, who also chairs
the Supreme National Security Council, commended those involved in the
missile project. Khatami was in fact among the key decision makers in the
Defense Minister Ali Shamkhani pointed out that the regime plans to expand
its armaments technology more than before.
Khatami's solutions for the economy:
Decrease in the oil income from 16 billion dollars to 10 billion resulting
from a decrease in world oil prices.
Rate of inflation over 50%
Rate of unemployment nearly 50%
Government's latest actions to face the economic situation:
2.5-fold tax rise on goods needed by the people
2.5-fold rise in fuel prices
Elimination of bread subsidies and raising its price 1.5 fold
General price rise, for example reaching 50% for dried milk and 20% for
Decrease in per capita income over the period of 1978 until 1997 to the
equivalent of 1/5 of the figure
80% of the population under the poverty line
Devaluation of Iran's currency from 3,800 rials to the dollar to 6.300
rials to the dollar.
Number of the unemployed: 16 million people or the equivalent to half the
work force (47%)
- Change in budget allocations, stopping project under 50% complete
- Publishing the equivalent of 2,500 billion rials of government
- 2.5 fold tax rise on imports
- Cutting spendings on importing foodstuff to about half the allocated
- Non scientific oil and gas drilling
Tehran, Reuters, Aug. 3 - Iran's foreign currency earnings are
expected to drop to $10.5 billion in the current Iranian year from around
$16 billion a year earlier, a senior Central Bank official said in remarks
published on Monday. Iran's economy has been hit hard by the slump in oil
"In order to compensate for the shortages in earnings, we have sold
$1.2 billion worth of oil in advance on the European market and we will
sell another $1 billion in the next stage," Mojarrad said. On August 1,
the Reuters, quoting another Iranian officials reported that "Exports of
companies affiliated with Iran's Ministry of Industries dropped by more
than 25 percent in the first quarter of the Iranian year which began
on March 21."
During Khatami's first year in office:
"Every moment the mullahs stay
in power longer, the Iranian
people receive one more lash."
Ali Akbar Akbari
In one month, from June 20, 1998, to July 20, fifty three demonstrations
and popular movements took place across the country.
August 1997: The bloody demonstration of tens of thousands of people in
Nayriz (south Iran)
September 1997: The demonstration by 2,000 students in Mashad, Western
November 1997: The demonstration by 2,500 students in Kazeroon, South Iran,
January 1998: Demonstration and clash between thousands of people in Anar,
January 1998: Strike by 1,000 workers of Melli Shoe Company,
February 1998: Strike by 1,400 workers of "Baftnaz" factory in Isfahan,
January 1998: Demonstration by 3,000 students at Tehran university compound.
The demonstrators chanted "down with despotism",
May 1998: Demonstration by 10,000 people of south Tehran district in protest
against the death of a young peddler. People clashed with the security
In May, 419 organized activities and protest movements were carried out
by the Resistance.