Massoud Rajavi: Admission by Intelligence Ministry to recent heinous murders reaffirms need to adopt internationally binding decision against mullahs
-A call for dispatch of international fact-finding mission to identify principals behind these killings

Some 45 days after the recent spate of hideous murders began in Tehran, last night the Ministry of Intelligence issued a statement announcing that the killers had been arrested and acknowledging that a number of Intelligence Ministry agents were among the murderers.

The admission comes as in recent weeks in hundreds of official comments, news reports and articles, all of the clerical regime's leaders, including Khamenei and Khatami as well as the state-run media attributed the killings to "foreign operatives," "Western Arrogance," and the Mojahedin. They thus tried their utmost to conceal the nature and the identity of the perpetrators.

From the outset, the Iranian Resistance blamed the clerical regime's leaders for these murders and declared that a terrorist network consisting of Intelligence Ministry agents and the Revolutionary Guards Corps carried out these ghastly crimes.

National Council of Resistance President, Massoud Rajavi said in this respect: Although in its statement, the Intelligence Ministry has tried to put a lid on the role of the regime's leaders in these crimes and conceal the identities of those who ordered and carried out the killings, it was nonetheless compelled to admit to the full responsibility of the clerical regime's anti-human regime and all its factions, including Khatami's, in these murders.

The need for immediate international action against the terrorists ruling Iran and referring the mullahs' terrorism and human rights abuses to the United Nations Security Council is therefore greater than ever, Mr. Rajavi added.

The NCR President again called for the dispatch of an international fact-finding mission to Iran to conduct a comprehensive investigation into these crimes in order to bring to light the role of the regime's leaders in this regard. The ruling theocratic regime will continue its efforts to prevent the identities of those responsible for these killings from being exposed, he emphasized.

Two days after Darioush Forouhar was murdered, Intelligence Minister Dorri Najafabadi said on November 24: "Perhaps, some of the enemies and the Mojahedin intend to create problems for the Islamic Republic by engaging in such actions." Three weeks later he added: "These sorts of crimes are rooted outside the country" and "the enemies" intend to portray the country as suffering from "chaos, turmoil and crisis."

In his remarks on Forouhar's death on December 7, Khatami said: "There might be hands at work abroad who intend to cause insecurity in society." On December 13, he blamed the killings on "the ominous schemes by the enemies of the Islamic nation's independence and freedom."

On December 14, Khamenei described the murders as "the enemy's plot to portray the country as being insecure" and as "complementing other schemes by Western Arrogance."

The Judiciary chief Mohammad Yazdi claimed during Tehran's Friday Prayer congregation on December 16, that "enemies abroad" have conspired "to destabilize the pillars of the state" and are trying to "portray the Islamic Republic as being insecure by carrying out complex murders." Mullahs' Majlis Speaker Ali Akbar Nateq-Nouri stressed on December 15 that "this action is being guided and supported from abroad." A day before, 140 Majlis deputies attributed these murders to "the Mojahedin" and "foreign intelligence services."

On December 12, the Ministry of Guidance attributed "the recent murder" to "counterrevolutionaries and those deceived" who are taking these actions to "weaken the state and undermine the ruling apparatus."

Secretariat of the National Council of Resistance of Iran
January 6, 1999

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