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Former prominent UN judges and investigators have called on Michel Bachelet, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, to investigate the killing of political prisoners in Iran in the summer of 1988, and in particular the role of then-President Ibrahim Ra’isi.

The open letter of these prominent figures to Ms. Bachelet, which was published on Thursday, February 26, was signed by about 460 people, including Sang Hyun Sang, the former head of the International Criminal Court, and Stephen Rapp, the former US ambassador to the court.

The letter states that those involved in the massacre “continue to enjoy immunity. “They include the current president of Iran, Ebrahim Ra’isi, and the head of the judiciary, Gholamhossein Mohseni Ejei.”

The letter, written by the human rights organization Justice for the Victims of the 1988 Massacre in Iran, was also sent to the UN Human Rights Council.

Ibrahim Ra’isi, who took office as president in the summer of 2021, was one of four people to oversee the murder of political prisoners in the summer of 1988.

Asked about his role in the killing of political prisoners in the 1980s, he said he was “proud” of his role.

The main figures of this four-member panel, known as the “Death Panel”, are Hossein Ali Nayeri, the then Sharia ruler, Morteza Ishraqi, the then prosecutor, Ebrahim Ra’isi, the then deputy prosecutor, and Mostafa Pourmohammadi, the then representative of the Ministry of Intelligence in Evin Prison.

Their names are repeated by plaintiffs and witnesses during the trial of Hamid Nouri, who is accused of participating in the mass executions of political prisoners as a former prosecutor at Gohardasht Prison in Karaj, and whose trial has been taking place in Europe in recent months.

Thousands of political prisoners in the 1980s, especially in the summer of 1988, in Evin and Gohardasht prisons in Tehran and in prisons in Mashhad, Shiraz, Ahvaz, and some other cities in Iran, by direct order of Ayatollah Khomeini, the then Supreme Leader of the Islamic Republic, and by decisions of commissions They became famous deaths, they were executed.

Many of those executed were supporters of the Mojahedin Khalq Organization and a number of them were supporters of other leftist groups imprisoned in the early 1980s. The exact number of executions is not known, but according to Amnesty International, at least 4,482 men and women disappeared within two months.

Earlier, Scotland Stevenson, Scotland’s former representative to the European Parliament and some of the families of prisoners executed by the Iranian government, had made a formal request to the police if Ibrahim Raisi attended the Glasgow Climate Change Summit, accusing him of “genocide”. And crimes against humanity. ”