Eyewitnesses reveals

8/1/2015 7:32:51 PM

Evin Prison

Evin Prison

There are numerous indications that the policy to exterminate political prisoners had been in ‎the pipelines for a long time. In March 1988, Massoud Moqbeli, a Mojahedin sympathizer, ‎was taken from Evin to Komiteh‏ ‏Moshtarak Prison in Tehran. There he was warned by prison ‎authorities that “we are going to settle scores with all of you in a bloody way.‎‏ ‏Telic your ‎fellow inmates they had better make up their minds.”‎
An ex-political prisoner recalls the days preceding the launch of the massacre: “The early ‎signs of the regime’s decision to liquidate political prisoners surfaced in the autumn of 1987 ‎when prisoners were separated into two groups of Mojahedin and non-Mojahedin. In ‎Gohardasht Prison, those condemned to life imprisonment were transferred to Evin and the ‎rest were divided into two groups of under- and over-ten-year terms. Families of some ‎prisoners were told that the prisoners’ fate would be decided after June.”‎
Another prisoner wrote, “When it was announced that Khomeini had accepted the ceasefire ‎with Iraq on July 18, 1988 and described it as ‘drinking a chalice of poison,’ they took us ‎with all our belongings to solitary cells.  The trend of transferring prisoners to solitary cells ‎was accelerated on July 24, a week before the massacre began. On July 25 or 26, a prison ‎guard came to our cell and gave us a form to fill in.  I was sharing the cell with Reza ‎Shemirani and Amir Abdullahi Lakelayeh who were later executed during the massacre. The ‎form asked one’s name, surname, father’s name, political tendency, whether one had been re-‎arrested and one’s signature. In a highly unusual way, the guard did not utter a word and left ‎us to fill in the forms. We wrote ‘Mojahedin Organization’ as our ‘tendency.’ When the guard ‎returned, we were even more surprised as he asked us why we had not written the name of ‎the organization in full. (Up to that time, if a prisoner mentioned the name ‘Mojahedin,’ he or ‎she would be severely tortured.) So we wrote ‘People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran’ and ‎handed him the completed forms. He smiled and walked out.”‎