Hollow show of amnesty amid widespread arrests and executions

In a hollow show of amnesty, Tehran radio reported that Khamenei, the mullahs' leader, had granted amnesty to or commuted the sentences of 962 prisoners convicted by the general, revolutionary and military tribunals.

This ridiculous claim is made while since the beginning the Iranian New Year on March 21, the state-run media have announced the executions of at least 38 persons on ordinary charges. This figure is far below the actual number of executions carried out secretly across the country every day. Reports from Iran say the clerical regime has recently launched a wave of arrests, including the detention and imprisonment of former political prisoners.

Moreover, the mullahs' Interior Minister announced in March that 65,000 people had been arrested in December, January and February alone, i.e. an average of 730 arrests per day.

Secretariat of the National Council of Resistance of Iran - Paris
April 25, 1997

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