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Residents of Iran city claim new Interior Minister ordered massacre

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Iran Focus: Tehran, Iran, Aug. 19 – In a letter to the United Nations human rights office in Geneva, a copy of which was sent to Iran Focus, residents in the southern Iranian port city of Bandar Abbass accused the country’s new Minister of the Interior-designate of ordering the summary execution of dozens of young people in the city to put down an anti-government riot in 1981 and demanded an international inquiry into the incident. The letter named 48 of the victims of executions. Iran Focus

Tehran, Iran, Aug. 19 – In a letter to the United Nations human rights office in Geneva, a copy of which was sent to Iran Focus, residents in the southern Iranian port city of Bandar Abbass accused the country’s new Minister of the Interior-designate of ordering the summary execution of dozens of young people in the city to put down an anti-government riot in 1981 and demanded an international inquiry into the incident.

The letter named 48 of the victims of executions.

The residents allege that Hojjatol-Islam Mostafa Pour-Mohammadi personally issued death sentences for dozens of dissidents, including several minors, when he was sent to Bandar Abbass in the early 1980s as the country’s Military Revolutionary Prosecutor to deal with growing unrest and anti-government protests in the port city. Bandar Abbas is strategically located on the Persian Gulf and the Strait of Hormuz and was the main Iranian port after the outbreak of the Iran-Iraq war in September 1980.

Bandar Abbas became a hotbed of opposition activities in 1980. The government’s decision to sack more than 600 dissident teachers in Bandar Abbass and neighbouring towns and cities inflamed the simmering tensions and led to public protests. The authorities sent in units of Revolutionary Guards to stamp out the protests and closed all schools and offices.

As unrest continued, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini ordered Pour-Mohammadi, the feared Military Revolutionary Prosecutor, to restore order in the city. Under his supervision, Revolutionary Guards rounded up the dissidents throughout the province and shot them after summary trials.

Pour-Mohammadi, now 46 years old, has been in charge of the Special Department for Security and Intelligence in the office of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei since 1997. Prior to that, for 13 years he was Deputy Minister of Intelligence and Security.

The names of some of the victims of executions allegedly ordered by Pour-Mohammadi in Bandar-Abbas follows:

1. Mohammad Zazmat-Pisheh, 18-year-old student
2. Mehdi Eezdeshnas, 16-year-old student
3. Kamyar Esmaeil-Zadeh, 18-year-old student
4. Karim Abdollah-Pour, 23-year-old, docker
5. Mahsheed Motazed Keyvan, housewife, executed in prison several months after giving birth to a boy in prison
6. Mohammad Cheshm-Bara, docker
7. Ali-Reza Ghasemian, 17-year-old student
8. Mohammad Sarafraz, Navy officer, was married and had two children
9. Mohammad Azimi, 18-year-old student
10. Hamid Motaghedi, 18-year-old student
11. Karim Torabi, 20 years old
12. Ne’mat Bashkhour, 23-year-old teacher, was hanged from a lamp post in downtown Bandar-Abbas and his body was not taken down for two days
13. Mohammad Soleimani, 18-year-old student
14. Mohammad-Hossein Sahafi, teacher
15. Sharifian, student
16. Yaghoub Zadeh
17. Nader Roosta, 17-year-old student
18. Mahmoud Foolad-Khani, 19-year-old student
19. Mohammad Ramazan-Pour, 22-year-old graduate
20. Mohammad Amin-Torabi
21. Mohammad Moeeni, student
22. Hassan Bashiri
23. Mahmoud Khodadadzadeh
24. Parviz Shangi-Pour, student
25. Fatollah Farbod, 22-year-old graduate
26. Aref Bolouki, student
27. Hossein Rakani, student
28. Ahmad Eslami
29. Nasser Moradi
30. Mansour Ahmad-Shahi
31. Nasroolah Ahmad-Shahi
32. Raj Ahmad-Shahi
33. Moussa Pishdad
34. Jalali
35. Hossein Rowhani, 17-year-old student
36. Ahmad Cheshm-Barah
37. Behrooz Youssefi
38. Hamid Makrani
39. Pourtaragh
40. Eskandari
41. Sadeghi
42. Hassan Ravan
43. Aziz Pour-Ahmadi
44. Mohammad Firouzi, student
45. Mahmoud Youssefi
46. Qanbar Pishdast
47. Makkari
48. Yadollah Salari

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