Amid chants of "Rushdie must be executed", Moqtadaii refered to Khomeini's anti-Islamic decree and said: Every Muslim "is duty bound to kill" Rushdie.
Emami Kashani, Tehran's Friday Prayer leader, also described Rushdie as "filthy and tainted" and endorsed Moqtadaii's remarks about Khomeini's decree and the need to implement it.
Earlier in the year, Kamal Kharrazi, the mullahs' Foreign Minister, and his other colleagues in this Ministry, along with Ata'ollah Mohajerani, the regime's Guidance Minister, had stressed that the death decree for Rushdie was irrevocable and that Rushdie was "the symbol of the West's affront to Islam."
Mr. Massoud Rajavi, President of the National Council of Resistance of Iran, said the emphasis yesterday on the need to carry out the fatwa against Rushdie is a clear indication that the clerical regime is incapable of change, and that repression and export of terrorism are indispensable to the regime.
Mr. Rajavi added: Placating policies by European countries have emboldened the criminal rulers of Iran in export of terrorism.
Last week, a large group of terrorists gathered from various countries in Tehran and held session of the "Global Assembly of Ahl al-Bait." All three leaders of the regime, Khamenei, Khatami and Rafsanjani, met with, and reminded them of, their duties to implement the regime's terrorist policies. The guests included many Shiites from Europe.
Secretariat of the National Council of Resistance of Iran
February 14, 1998