Iranian Resistance strongly condemns France's release of Massoud Hendi

The Iranian regime's news agency, IRNA, reported that France had released a notorious terrorist, Massoud Hendi, several years before completing his sentence, and that he had departed France for Tehran on Thursday.

Hendi was sentenced to 10 years in jail by a French court for terrorist activities, including complicity in the 1991 murder of Shapour Bakhtiar, the shah's last Prime Minister.

A close relative of Khomeini, Hendi was involved in terrorist activities in France since the early 1980s under the cover of the regime's radio and television employee. He played a direct role in several aborted terrorist plots against the life of the Iranian Resistance Leader, Massoud Rajavi, who was in France at the time.

The Iranian Resistance strongly condemns the release of Hendi, whose role in terrorism was confirmed by a French court and who had a long record in terrorist activities. It considers the action as a mockery of France's judicial system.

To prevent the clerical regime's condemnation by the international community, France freed in 1993 two assassins of Professor Kazem Rajavi, the untiring campaigner for human rights and the NCR's representative in Switzerland and to the United Nations European Headquarters, and handed them over to Tehran. The assassins were to be extradicted to the Swiss authorities to face justice.

The release of such terrorists as Hendi, despite their conviction in courts, assures the mullahs' agents that they will not be punished, even when arrested for committing terrorist crimes, and encourages the ruling theocratic regime to persist in its actions.

Secretariat of the National Council of Resistance of Iran
July 31, 1998

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