pour-mohammadi-mostafa Iran 1988 Massacre

Mostafa Pour-Mohammadi

Position at the time of 1988 massacre: Representative of Intelligence Ministry in the “Death Commission” in Tehran

Present post and occupation: Advisor to Chief of the Judiciary; Iran’s Minister of Justice until August 2017

All those executed in Tehran and Karaj were sentenced to death under his ruling.

In 2005, Human Rights Watch accused him of committing crimes against humanity for his role in the “Death Commission” and described him as a Minister of Murder.

Pour-Mohammadi was quoted on 28 August 2016 by the state-run Tasnim news agency as saying: “God commanded to show no mercy to the nonbelievers because they will not show mercy to you either and there should be no mercy to the [PMOI] because if they could, they would spill your blood, which they did. … We are proud to have carried out God’s commandment with regard to the [Mojahedin] and to have stood with strength and fought against the enemies of God and the people.”

On 24 July 2019, Pour-Mohammadi once again defended the 1988 massacre and said newly-caught PMOI activists would face the capital punishment.