Referring to the tripling of executions, the four-fold rise in the number of dissidents assassinated abroad and unabated expansion of prisons, as acknowledged a few days ago by the regime's head of Prisons Organization, Mr. Rajavi said: Last week a Swiss investigative magistrate reaffirmed the direct involvement of the most senior officials of the Iranian regime in the April 1990 assassination in Geneva of Prof. Kazem Rajavi, and a Berlin court ruled last April that the Tehran regime's supreme leader and the President were directly responsible for the assassination of dissidents abroad. Thus a decisive policy against the mullahs' regime and the trial of its leaders in an international tribunal for their crimes against humanity is an indispensable necessit y. Continuing appeasement can only be interpreted by the mullahs as a sign of weakness and as encouragement for more terrorism.
Mr. Rajavi recalled: Iran's trade volume with the industrialized countries forms more than 80 percent of the regime's external trade. The petrodollars from the West that fill the mullahs' coffers are used to suppress the Iranian people, foment tension and instability in the area, and stockpile conventional and non-conventional weaponry. The official budget of the mullahs' Atomic Energy Organization in 1995 increased 20-fold since 1991.
The NCR President said: Those who benefit from such economic ties have so far tried to give it a semblance of respectability by raising false hopes about a fictitious moderate faction within the regime. But from Iran-gate fiasco to the European Union's ab ortive eight-year negotiations with the mullahs on the fatwa against Salman Rushdie, and the failed investment in Rafsanjani, the futility of such illusions has repeatedly manifested itself in the past 16 years.
Mr. Rajavi stressed: The majority of Iranians (more than 80 percent) boycotted the recent presidential elections, reaffirming that none of the ruling factions enjoys any legitimacy to rule. As far as the mullahs' new president is concerned, for 10 years h e was the Minister of Guidance and in charge of censorship, being party to all the crimes, tortures and mass execution of prisoners. The same "moderate" mullah blatantly declared in 1989 that "the only way to solve the issue of Salman Rushdie is to execut e him."
The NCR President said: The leading industrialized nations must sever their diplomatic and trade ties with the medieval tyranny ruling Iran, refer the regime's human rights abuses and export of terrorism to the UN Security Council for the adoption of bind ing decisions, and recognize the right of the Iranian people to resist the mullahs' regime and to establish democracy in Iran.
Friday, June 20, simultaneous with the G7 summit, tens of thousands of Iranians in the United States, Germany and Sweden will hold rallies and gatherings to declare support for the call by the Leader of the Iranian Resistance on the leaders of the major i ndustrialized nations.
Secretariat of the National Council of Resistance of Iran - Paris
June 18, 1997