Hamid Enayat explores the repercussions and impunity over a mass killing in Iran’s prisons

A much ignored yet gruesome massacre in Iran’s prisons in 1988 came to the light following two unrelated events.

The first event, the ascent to the country’s presidency of Ebrahim Raisi, who in 1988, sat as deputy prosecutor general in a four-member committee codenamed the “death commission” which was charged with purging Tehran and Karaj (a city close to Tehran) prisons of political prisoners still staying loyal to the banned opposition MEK (People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran). Several thousand prisoners already condemned and serving time were thus re-examined and mostly executed in a matter of months on orders issued by him as well as his three colleagues.

The second event, the arrest of a c...

Hamid Enayat
Analyst

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