Mr. Rajavi: Call to murder Rushdie by mullahs' head of judiciary displays regime's inability to reform

Today, mullah Mohammad Yazdi, the regime's Head of Judiciary, again underscored the need to carry out the fatwa to murder Salman Rushdie. He said: "The Rushdie problem will only be resolved by implementing the fatwa. We cannot resolve this difficulty through negotiations or pressure from other countries."

Two days ago, Ali Akbar Nateq Nouri, the Majlis speaker, endorsed the fatwa, expressing "regret that he is still alive."

Mr. Massoud Rajavi, President of the National Council of Resistance, said: Such brazen statements by two of the most senior officials of the regime, blatantly calling for the murder of a foreign national, again confirms the validity of the Iranian Resistance's position that the mullahs' religious, terrorist dictatorship cannot reform itself. It also proves that such placating policies as critical dialogue with the criminals ruling Iran have not only been futile but emboldened them to continue their atrocities.

These comments as well as formal and public calls by the regime's leader Ali Khamenei, for terrorism and enmity toward peace in the Middle East clearly demonstrates the extent to which claims by some European officials about "liberals" gaining the upper hand within the regime and expectations that it help stop terrorism in the region and reduce the crisis in Lebanon are baseless and that they are only intended to justify continuing relations with the mullahs in order to secure petty economic interests.

This morning, in telegrams to the EU foreign ministers, who will meet tomorrow in Luxembourg, Mr. Rajavi urged them to retract the policy of critical dialogue which only encourages the clerics to persist in the suppression of the Iranian people and the export of terrorism and fundamentalism. He called on them to adopt a decisive approach and join the trade embargo against this medieval regime.

Secretariat of the National Council of Resistance of Iran - Paris April 21, 1996

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