Released tape rekindles memory of 1988 Iran mass execution

FILE -- In this November 23, 1979 file photo, then President of Iran's Ruling Revolutionary Council, Ayatollah Hossein Ali Montazeri holds a rifle as he addresses a large rally at Tehran University. In August, 2016, a website run in Montazeri’s honor by his family released a tape recording of Montazeri that has rekindled memories of the Islamic Republic’s mass execution of prisoners in 1988. The tape appears to have Montazeri, who at one time was in line to become Iran’s supreme leader, criticizing the executions. Rights groups suggest as many as 5,000 people were executed in 1988. (AP Photo, File)DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The scratchy, echo-filled tape recording carries the voice of a man who once was in line to become Iran's supreme leader, talking about one of the darkest moments of the country's post-revolution history still not recognized by its government.


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