Jannati: Fatwa to murder Rushdie cannot be revoked

In today's Tehran Friday prayers, mullah Ahmad Jannati, secretary for the Council of Guardians, stressed that the anti-Islamic and anti-human fatwa to murder Salman Rushdie cannot be revoked.

While lashing out at the European Union, he said: "They have no right to interfere in our political affairs. To tell us you are terrorists, you sponsor terrorism, you violate human rights, you intend to procure weapons of mass destruction. His Eminence the Imam spoke on Rushdie. No one dares to violate the Imam's decree. It remains in force. They must acknowledge and accept this. They should never again raise this matter here. The argument is over."

Jannati's comments just four days after the EU troika delegation's discussions with the religious, terrorist dictatorship ruling Iran about human rights abuses, the fatwa to murder Rushdie and procurement and stockpiling of weapons of mass destruction show that the clerical regime does have the least regard for international principles and obligations.

Moreover, the test-firing of a missile with a range of 1,300 km and continued public executions in recent days reaffirm that the troika delegation's visit to Tehran has only emboldened the clerics to persist in their fundamentalist and suppressive policies.

Secretariat of the National Council of Resistance of Iran
July 24, 1998

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