NCR welcomes Istanbul court's verdict against an Intelligence Ministry agent
Resistance calls on Security Council of impose international sanctions on mullahs' terrorist regime

The Istanbul Court of Appeal sentenced Reza Barzegar Massoumi, an Iranian Intelligence Ministry agent, to life imprisonment for complicity in the murder of Mrs. Zahra Rajabi, a member of the National Council of Resistance, and Mr. Ali Moradi, a Mojahedin sympathizer. Massoumi had been previously sentenced to 33 years imprisonment by a lower court.

The victims were savagely murdered on February 20, 1996, in an Istanbul apartment by a terrorist hit squad dispatched from Tehran a few days earlier. The clerical regime's deputy consul in Istanbul, Mohsen Kargar Azad, commanded the hit squad. Kargar Azad and three other embassy staff were subsequently expelled from Turkey on April 11 as persona non-grata.

The National Council of Resistance welcomes the verdict reached by the Appeals Court of Istanbul. The NCR calls on the Turkish government to prosecute and put on trial the other murderers, some of whom are among the terrorist-diplomats now stationed in Turkey.

The NCR also urges the UN Security Council to make an urgent review of the clerical regime's record of terrorist activities. In view of the undeniable involvement of the leaders of the mullahs' regime in the policy of export of terrorism, which has been established as a valid fact by competent courts in several countries, the NCR calls on the Security Council to impose international sanctions on this regime.

Secretariat of the National Council of Resistance of Iran
June 4, 1998

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