In 1994, The Ministry of Intelligence for the Islamic Republic of Iran brutally murdered three pastors of the Protestants Society, Haik Hovsepian, Mehdi Dibaj, and Tateos Mikaelian.
Mehdi Khazali, the son of Ayatollah Khazali, revealed in an interview about the massacre of 1988, which was published on Wednesday 5 September, that the cold- hearted murder of the three Iranian Protestant pastors had been designed and conducted by the Ministry of Intelligence of Iranian regime.
In a statement Mehdi Khazali revealed, ‘There was one of these terrible gangs, three girls who were hired by the security officials to see whether the two Christian pastors would evangelise or not. They thought it would be as simple as telling the pastors they wanted to convert to Christianity. Then, they went into the house of the two pastors where the rest of the story unfolded. The pastors were killed before their eyes, slaughtered, and put inside the refrigerator. The girls were then forced to confess in a TV interview that they had a mission from Mojahedin-e Khalq (MEK) to commit the crime. The officials promised the girls that they would be set free if they did the interview. Later, the intelligence officials decided that if the girls were released, they might reveal the truth and that the whole interview was a set-up. Therefore, the three victims were sentenced to death.’
According to Mehdi Khazali, after the 1988 massacre the government ran a television confessing-show to claim that the opposition group MEK had committed the crime, however, by the mysterious murder of Saeed Imami and the leaked documents, the fingers of blame pointed straight at the Ministry of Intelligence.