Mr. Re'isi had been arrested in the early 1980s for supporting the Mojahedin. After enduring much torture, he was sentenced to four years in prison. Following his release, he was again arrested by the Intelligence Ministry, retried and sentenced to another four-year-term. While in prison, his was re-sentenced to death by hanging.
In the past 18 years, fearing domestic and international repercussions of continuing wave of inhuman executions, the clerical regime has executed hundreds of political prisoners on drug trafficking charges.
During Khatami's tenure, more than 310 people have been hanged on various charges and the wave of arrests and the disappearances of dissidents continue.
The National Council of Resistance of Iran urges all international human rights organizations to condemn the ruthless hanging of a defenseless political prisoner and call for their immediate intervention to bring to a halt the suppression, executions, tortures and abductions by this medieval regime.
Secretariat of the National Council of Resistance of Iran
January 23, 1999