Hollow claim of amnesty amid widespread arrests, secret executions

In a preposterous scheme, the clerical regime's radio reported that Ali Khamenei, the regime's leader, has pardoned 782 people convicted by general, revolutionary and military courts.

It is not the first time that Khomeini's anti-human regime resorts to such ludicrous theatrics to cover up the widespread violations of human rights in Iran. The ruling mullahs have to date been condemned 39 times by different organs of the United Nations for the savage suppression of women, torture and summary executions.

The ridiculous claim comes as the number of publicly announced executions by the regime in 1996 increased 200% compared with the preceding year.

In recent months, tens of thousands of people across the country were arrested on bogus charges in a bid to thwart increasing public dissent and extensive support for the Iranian Resistance and its President-elect.

According to official figures, in the first eight months of the Iranian year, 1375 (March-October 1996), some 55,000 have been arrested under the pretext of drug trafficking. In recent years, the mullahs' regime has arrested and executed many of its political opponents on narcotics charges.

Secretariat of the National Council of Resistance of Iran - Paris
February 8, 1997

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