At Eid Al-Fitr ceremony at an NLA basecamp, Rajavi said: Khatami's efforts to conceal role of mullahs' leaders, factions in recent murders necessitates dispatch of an international fact-finding mission to Iran

Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, the Iranian Resistance's President-elect, and Mr. Massoud Rajavi, the Iranian Resistance's Leader, took part in a ceremony at an NLA basecamp yesterday, marking Eid Al-Fitr, the end of the holy month of Ramadhan.

Congratulating the Eid Al-Fitr, Mrs. Rajavi pointed to the clerical regime's admission to the role of the Intelligence Ministry in the recent political murders, and urged intervention by the international community and the United Nations as well as the prosecution of the regime's leaders as enemies of humanity in an international tribunal. She said: The clerical regime must be boycotted and its representatives expelled from international forums.

Mrs. Rajavi also referred to the incompatibility of the medieval velayat-e faqih regime with a system based on councils. She said: By ignoring and decisively boycotting the first stage of the council's elections, the Iranian people dealt a heavy blow to the councils' election farce. That only 1.5 per cent women registered as candidates, reflects their rage and disdain toward the mullahs' medieval regime. The Iranian people will decisively boycott the next stages of the election farce as well.

In his address to the gathering of NLA combatants, Mr. Rajavi referred to the statement issued by Khatami's investigative team concluding that none of the regime's factions were involved in the murders. Stressing that members of this so-called investigative committee had been appointed by mullahs' President Mohammad Khatami, Mr. Rajavi said: The announcement is a transparent attempt by Khatami to prevent the exposure of the identities of the main masterminds and perpetrators of these crimes who are none other than the regime's leaders as well as Intelligence Ministry and Guards Corps members.

The clerical regime's state-run television had earlier read a statement by the "Committee to Investigate the mysterious murders," which read in part: "Extensive investigation indicate that none of the [regime] political grouping and factions were in any way involved in these murders."

The Iranian Resistance's Leader stressed: There are no doubts as to the role of the regime's key officials in these crimes, recently and in the past. They include the assassinations of Christian priests in Iran, Mohammad Hossein Naghdi and Professor Kazem Rajavi, NCR's representatives in Italy and Switzerland respectively, the abduction, torture and murder of Mojahedin member Akbar Ghorbani, and the assassination of Zahra Rajabi in Turkey (confirmed in a court), and similar assassinations in Paris, Berlin, Vienna, Istanbul and Karachi.

Mr. Rajavi said: These crimes must therefore be reexamined immediately by relevant international organs and organs in countries where they occurred. As for the murders inside Iran, since the clerical regime is absolutely incompetent, international delegations accompanied by representatives of the Iranian Resistance must intervene. He once again emphasized the need for immediate intervention by the UN Security Council to adopt serious and practical measures to punish this religious, terrorist dictatorship.

Mr. Rajavi also said: The mullahs' admission to perpetrating the recent murders is neither a sign of the clerics' intention to unveil the truth, nor an indication of progress and success of the reformist trend. It is before anything else, a reflection of the effects of the poison of the troika leadership, schism within the regime, and a qualitative escalation of the clerics' internal conflicts.

As far as safeguarding the velayat-e faqih dictatorship in its totality is concerned, all of the regime's factions have common interests and do not in any way differ from one another, he added.

The schism at the top of the regime after the May 23, 1997 presidential elections is before all else the by-product of a decade of political and military undertakings by the Iranian Resistance following the cease-fire in the Iran-Iraq war, Mr. Rajavi said, adding: The most important of these endeavors was the election of a president for the transitional period after the mullahs' overthrow which drew a harsh response by the regime and forced Khatami to claim that he supports the cause of women and youth.

The Resistance's Leader underscored that the Iranian Resistance has always called for free and fair elections for a constituent assembly or presidency on the basis of the people's sovereignty and under the auspices of the United Nations. But the mullahs will never submit to such an election.

Mr. Rajavi added: We are seeking to overthrow the clerical regime, which has usurped the rights of the Iranian people, in its entirety. No force, power or government can impede the realization of the Iranian people's will. The National Liberation Army of Iran is the guarantee for the Iranian people's sovereignty, the Iranian Resistance's leader emphasized.

Secretariat of the National Council of Resistance of Iran
January 19, 1999

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