Majlis debates reveal criminal records of Khatami's ministers
Khatami's cabinet and program signal continued repression, violence and terrorism

The program proposed by Khatami's cabinet, his own and his ministers' remarks yesterday and today in the Majlis, confirmed that the mullahs' new president is neither inclined nor capable of bringing any serious change or reform in Iran's ruling theocracy. Khatami and his ministers stressed on continuing suppressive and terrorist policies and reaffirmed their loyalty to Khomeini and the policies of Khamenei.

In his remarks, Khatami emphasized on the need to use violence to preserve the existence of the regime. He said he would expand the regime's security and information gathering networks "to confront serious external and internal threats." He also said one's freedom is conditional upon one's "adherence to Islam." The criminal mullahs ruling Iran have committed the most horrible crimes against the Iranian people under the banner of Islam for the past 18 years.

All of Khatami's cabinet ministers are from among the ministers and officials of the previous governments. Not even a single minister was picked from outside the elite that has been ruling Iran for the last 18 years. No less than 14 of the ministers were officials of the Guards Corps, directly involved in repression and warmongering. The ministers of Defense, Foreign Affairs, Islamic Guidance, Intelligence, and Roads and Transportation also have long records in export of fundamentalism and terrorism.

The two-day debates in Majlis and the revelations made by different factions against one another well demonstrated that Khatami's presidency and the mullahs' troika leadership have escalated the conflicts within the regime. The debates further displayed the plundering of the Iranian people's national wealth by the highest officials of the regime.

Mullah Abdollah Noori, Minister of Interior, who was Khomeini's representative in the Guards Corps during the Iran-Iraq war, acknowledged his responsibility in suppression as Minister of Interior between 1989 to 1993. He pointed out that he did not feel accountable to anyone when carrying out the regime's policies.

Hossein Mozaffar, Minister of Education, who dispatched tens of thousands of students to the fronts during the Iran-Iraq war, said that one of the pillars of political expansion in the field of education is obedience to Khamenei. He further boasted of his role in the purges carried out in the Ministry of Education and the suppression of dissidents.

Mahmoud Hojjati, Minister of Roads and Transportation, emphasized on his suppressive measures while serving as Governor of Sistan and Baluchistan. He said those measures were taken in "coordination with the General Command of the Armed Forces" and under Khamenei's direct "supervision." In the same period, he organized several terrorist operations against Iranian dissidents in Pakistan.

Ata'ollah Mohajerani, Minister of Guidance, uncovered his repressive activities against the Mojahedin and other dissidents in Shiraz and during his terms in the Majlis. He has been appointed by Khamenei since several years ago as head of the "Committee to Support the Revolution in Palestine," and was one of the ringleaders of the meeting in late 1993 which plotted to assassinate Yasser Arafat.

Secretariat of the National Council of Resistance of Iran - Paris
August 20, 1997

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