Khalkhali, the tyrant: “I was just following the Koran & Imam Khomeini.”

  • - By Harem Jaff
  • 29/08/2001 00:00:00

Ayatollah Sadiq Khalkhali is an Iranian politician, who has executed hundreds of Kurdish women, men and children in the occupied region of East Kurdistan. Ayatollah Sadiq Khalkhali prides himself on the sentences that he has passed.

Ayatollah Shalkhali“If my victims were to come back on earth, I would execute them again, without exceptions”

- said Khalkhali in an interview with Le Figaro.

Khalkhali is now backed by President Khatamy in Iran

The revolution in 1979 ended the Royal family system in Iran. The new era had started with a hope that this regime would establish a better life for people in Iran, and the Kurds would be able to decide about self-determination, and to end the occupation and suffering that they had previously been subjected to from the monarchy. To obtain their rights, the Kurds fought alongside other oppressed nations in Iran such as the Balooja, Azari, and Arabs. Thousands of people sacrificed their lives in the overthrow of the Shah’s crown. But, the new figure of the state, Ayatollah Khomeini was even more inferior to the Shah of Iran.

Killing Kurds in the name of Allah (God)

"Please you have killed one of my son’s leave the other one free, if you kill the second one then I won’t have a son left"

- said a Kurdish Mother

Ayatollah Khomeini set about establishing a religious state. He was a new hope for the Kurds in solving their problems by means of religion; in fact, it was the first time that the Kurds were dealing with a notion of a religious state. But as Khomeini progressed with his programme, he revealed that the true nature of the religious state as the Secretary General of Kurdistan Democratic Party, Dr Ghassemlou, described and accused Khomeini of “starting an inquisition and gradually restoring Iran to a black religious dictatorship of the middle age”. Ghassemlou was brutally assassinated ten years later in Vienna by the Islamic Republic of Iran in 1989.

Qassimlou was right; the state had turned its soldiers, air crafts, tank and rockets to re-control cities, towns and villages of East [Iranian] Kurdistan, areas which were liberated by Kurds. In these areas Kurds could feel free once again and re-build the Republic of Kurdistan, what the Monarchy had been successful in destroying in 1946, and it’s President, Qasi Mohamed was hanged up by Razah Shah’s regim, the Shah of Iran.

History has proved that changing a system or a figure in Turkey, Iran, Iraq and Syria hasn’t changed anything for the Kurdish nation throughout the 20th century; and so far the solution seems in the far distant future as we enter the 21st century. The only changes these countries have had or would have are new methods to attack Kurds and thereby perfecting systems to keep Kurdistan under occupation.

When Ayatollah Khomeini came to power, he appointed Sheikh Sadeq Khalkhali as the “first judge” of the revolutionary court known as "the hanging judge" to massacre Kurds. He sent the military to control the Kurdish territories, which were liberated by Kurds, and to crackdown whosoever resisted. “I’m ordering you as the head of the Military Command and I have devoted one day of Iran’s petrol export money to used as expenses to re-control Kurdistan,” said Khomeini in the national newspaper, Itlahat in 1979.

Gelawej Haidary’s Story

Gelawej Haidary, the wife of Habib Chraghi, one of the victims massacred by Khalkhali in Pave also suffered other loses. She lost three of her brothers and her father was also massacred. She recalled the day when Iran attacked Kurdistan and described to us the way Khalkhali executed her husband and other 8 innocent people in Paveh.

“In Free Kurdistan people were happy, there were no signs of Monarchy invaders, we could see for the first time that we were ruling Kurdistan, with no torture, no abuse and no occupation. We wanted Kurdistan to be ruled by ourselves, this was what Kurds told Iran, and the state responded with guns and killing every where in Muhabad, Snah, Kirmanshah, Saqz, Banah and many other places. The Islamic Republic Of Iran started to occupy our land forcibly and attacked us brutally, that was the day our rights were deprived. Hundreds of Helicopters, thousands of soldiers with heavy artillery started to pound the cities, towns and villages in east Kurdistan. The helicopters were bombing us on top and the soldiers were shooting at us from the ground for days. There were no exceptions; many children, men and women were killed because of bombardment. When they finally took control Paveh, they captured many people including my husband Habib Chraghi.”

“The Mullahs commanded that the town should be looted and civilians to be beaten. They looted our house, people were frightened especially children. I had three little children, two girls Arazu, Shina and a boy Aram. The Pasdaram controlled the city after three days and arrested my husband Habib in 17th August 1979. He was kept in prison for three days beating, and then taken for execution in front of the Hospital along with other 8 men, to where the execution took place. They were blind folded; their arms and necks were tightened to the windows.

Many other prisoners such as Hussain Shyani and Jafr Azizi and others were taken to Kirmanshah and executed. Kirmanshah is a Kurdish Petroleum city were Kurds are deprived of basic human rights and the policy of assimilation is a daily routine carried out by the State.

Many soldiers, who participated in shooting and killing Kurds, are now members of Mujahadin Khaliq lead by Masood Rajawi, an Iranian opposition party. This group helped Saddam Hussain in 1991 against the Kurdish uprising in South Kurdistan and responsible for murdering women and children.

Khalkhali brutally executed them with no trial, they didn’t let us to have the bodies, and they placed them all together in inappropriate pits by bulldozer. We were told that the bodies must not be moved and taken to a normal cemetery in the town. They intended to have the bodies tied with cables and stretched on the road.

Khalkhali: I execute you, if you are innocent, paradise is your place.

We went to see Khalkhali with other wives and mother of the victims, I told Khalkhali that my husband was innocent, why did you execute him? He said, don’t worry if your husband is innocent then he will be in Paradise and not in Hell. Your husbands brought Iraqi Kurds to Paveh and helped them, said Ayatollah Khalkhali in Farsi. The mother of another victim told him, “You have killed one of my sons; please leave the other one free. If you kill the second one, then I will be left with no sons.”

They deprived us from public services such as treatment in hospital, jobs and education. My little daughter Shina, who was very sick, I took her to the hospital. They refused to take her in. They told me that ‘your daughter’s father was anti Islamic Revolutionary; we cannot give her any services. Then I took her back home with no treatment and no medicine. They confiscated my father’s house and properties; this act was passed as a law to all offices and administrations in occupied East Kurdistan”.

22 years of Islamic Republic Of Iran has passed and Kurdistan is still under occupation. Kurds are still executed within Kurdistan and even in exile, they are assimilated and deprived from basic human rights, their homeland is degraded and replaced forcibly with the others. There is no difference between what the Shah of Iran did to the Kurds and the Islamic Republic of Iran is doing.

After 22 years of this criminal activity, Khalkhali is still enjoying his power, giving interviews to newspapers, and writing in his memoirs, priding himself on his past activities. When Le Figaro asked Khalkhali, a French newspaper, the following question and he said the following:

LE FIGARO: “ The crimes of the Nazis were punished. And international justice continues to pursue more and more those responsible for massacres, in Bosnia, at Kosovo”.

KHALKHALI: “Are you saying that I may be summoned to an International Justice Tribunal at The Hague? (The ayatollah seems to be caught by a sudden doubt and then smiles again). No, it is not possible! If I had acted wrongly, Imam Khomeini would have told me. I only did what he asked me to do.”

“What I did was right and I was just following the Koran and Imam’s speech”, wrote Khalkhali in his book.

Source: Khalkhali Memories - Author: S.Khalkhali,

  • - By Harem Jaff
  • 29/08/2001 00:00:00