Such ridiculous shows of mercy come at a time when the clerical regime's officials have acknowledged that the number of prisoners in Iran is 16 to 24 times higher than the worldwide average and that in this respect, Iran under the mullahs' rule "ranks among the leading countries."
Mullah Hadi Marvi, the Deputy Head of the Judiciary, said yesterday: "The number of prisoners in our prisons is several times higher than their capacity." (Qods daily, Feb. 12)
Those claimed to have been pardoned yesterday are entirely ordinary prisoners. The Judiciary chief himself has stated that the "pardon" does not cover "prisoners charged with acts detrimental to domestic or foreign security of the country." With this pretext, the regime has thus excluded all political prisoners. Even most of those eligible for pardon have not been released and only given a reduction in their sentences.
Secretariat of the National Council of Resistance of Iran
February 13, 2000