Mullahs' regime steps up executions to further terrorize people of Tehran after popular uprising
- Seven condemned to death in Tehran's Qasr Prison on August 18

On the morning of Wednesday, August 18, the clerical regime hanged four prisoners in Tehran's Qasr Prison, while three others had their executions postponed "until the victims' families attend the execution."

Two of those executed were arrested in two separate clashes with agents of the State Security Forces last year, which resulted in four SSF members being killed.

One of those hanged was Touraj Molahezekar, aged 20, who was only 15 at the time of the crime he is alleged to have committed. The mullahs' regime has provided no information on the trial of these prisoners. By carrying out these executions, the mullahs' regime intends to step up the atmosphere of terror and intimidation of the people in the aftermath of the uprising by the people and students in Tehran and other Iranian cities. The mullahs' regime also executed 10 people in Isfahan on August 5 and 6.

As public anger escalates against members of the State Security Forces, there have been a growing number of armed clashes between young people and the SSF agents. On October 29, 1998, Siavosh Rahmani Aghdam, a conscript soldier, killed about 20 officers and members of the SSF before being murdered by the regime's suppressive forces.

With such clashes on the rise across the country, a member of the mullahs' Majlis, Hamid-Reza Taraghi, issued a warning to Interior Minister Abdolvahed Moussavi-Lari, blaming him "for not establishing security in the country."

Secretariat of the National Council of Resistance of Iran
August 21, 1999

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