Iran: Political murders continue as mullahs' leaders help perpetrators and masterminds evade responsibility

In continuation of political murders by the mullahs' anti-human regime, government-controlled newspapers have in recent days reported a series of similar killings. The daily Hamshahri wrote on January 24: "Two artists from Khorassan (northeast Iran), Reza Zia'i-nia (aged 24), a poet and writer, and Hadi Taqi-zadeh (aged 25), poet and painter, died in their rented house in Tehran... The cause of death was reported to have been suffocation." Hamshahri described the two as "dissident artists." Two months ago, two actresses, Ronak Salavati (aged 26) and Bijaneh Ghabelou (aged 30), from the city of Sanandaj (Iranian Kurdistan) were found murdered in the basement of house in west Tehran

The state-controlled Sobh-e Emrouz also wrote on January 24: "Mehdi Khani-pour, who was studying health at Sabzevar's Azad University, was attacked at his residence and died at the hospital because of his wounds. The three assailants entered his house and stabbed him to death."

By committing these murders, carried out in a manner similar to the political killings last year, the Iranian regime is trying to intimidate and terrorize the public, particularly after the rise in popular demonstrations and protests across the country.

In an interview on January 23, mullah Mohammad Niazi, the head of the Armed Forces' Judicial Organization, while blaming last year's political killings on foreign hands, admitted that "there are still some people who are active in this regard [political murders.]"

In another development, several days ago, Niazi arranged for the broadcast in a closed-door session of the Majlis of a 45-minute video-tape containing the confessions of a number of Intelligence Ministry agents arrested after the 1998 political murders.

Those arrested confess that they had carried out these murders on the orders of U.S. and Israel's spy agencies. Two days prior, Niazi had declared that "the group's affiliation with foreign enemies has been established and it is not associated with any of the country's political factions."

These bogus claims and schemes, prepared and disseminated with the approval of Khamenei and Khatami, are so preposterous that even the Majlis deputies have questioned their veracity. These claims come as the killers' connections to the most senior leaders of the regime, including Khamenei and Khatami, are exposed more and more every day, even by the regime's officials and state-controlled media.

Secretariat of the National Council of Resistance of Iran
January 27, 2000

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