Mr. Akbari, aged 61, was an agricultural worker in Ilam (western Iran). In recent months, he was constantly harassed and persecuted by Intelligence Ministry agents and members of the Revolutionary Guards Corps. In addition to repeated interrogation sessions, he was frequently threatened with death.
Two days before this heinous crime, Intelligence Ministry agents had summoned him for interrogation. On April 6, Intelligence Ministry agents and members of the Guards Corps attacked Mr. Akbari as he was working in the field and crushed him under the wheels of a tractor.
The news of this barbaric murder quickly spread in the city of Ilam and aroused the public's indignation and outrage. Despite pressures by local officials to prevent a memorial ceremony for Mr. Akbari, hundreds of people went to his house to offer their condolences to his family.
Mr. Massoud Rajavi, President of the National Council of Resistance of Iran condoled the family of Mr. Akbari over his martyrdom and stressed that in a not too distant future this inhuman regime will be overthrown by the Iranian people and Resistance and its leaders will face justice for their countless crimes against humanity.
In letters to international human rights bodies, the Iranian Resistance called on them to condemn the savage murder of Mr. Sohrab Akbari by Iran's criminal rulers.
Secretariat of the National Council of Resistance of Iran
April 28, 1999