MEK loyalists' show an
aggressive reaction to the presence of families, ex-members, Iraqi military
personnel and journalists who have gathered outside Camp Ashraf to demand
access to the residents. Rajavi has ordered his loyalists to use violence to
repel these people; the MEK throw stones and shout insults to try to deter
Camp Ashraf, Feb 20102
No access to Rajavi's
hostages in the camp
Families of Mojahedin
Khalq (MKO, MEK, Rajavi cult)
at Int'l Victims of Terrorism Conference
As Ervand Abrahamian, a historian
and author of ''The Iranian Mujahedeen,'' told me: ''Rajavi said he was
emulating the prophet'' -- Muhammad -- ''who had married his adopted son's
wife to show he could overcome conventional morality. It smacked of
Rajavi liked having women around him and overhauled the command structure to
replace the men with women -- this time calling it a ''constitutional
revolution.'' It was also politically astute and added alluring spice for
their public-relations campaign in the West.
"Rajavi, Rajavi, Iran, Iran, Maryam, Maryam, Iran, Iran,'' shouted a dozen
young women commandos, trotting with their Kalashnikovs on a scrubby field,
camouflage leaves and twigs bouncing on their helmets, their faces blurred
by green paint. ''Run, run, fire, fire.'' They rolled, crouched, crept,
fired and regrouped around their commander. One stepped forward: ''We
weren't coordinated.'' Another shouted, ''The distance between us was too
much.'' Another shouted, ''Our speed wasn't adequate.'' They were given a
rest and then, spotting me, skipped up on cue, sweating and out of breath.
Nineteen-year-old Sahar began: ''My mother was pregnant with me when she was
arrested, and I was born in Evin Prison in 1983. When I was 1 year old, my
father was executed for supporting the Mujahedeen. Now I drive a Cascavel.
My mother is at another base. It's one of the reasons I decided to join the
As the leaders like to boast, the Mujahedeen is a family affair. (''We have
three generations of martyrs: grandmothers, mothers, daughters.'') Most of
the girls I was meeting had grown up in Mujahedeen schools in Ashraf, where
they lived separated from their parents. Family visits were allowed on
Thursday nights and Fridays. When Iraq invaded Kuwait, many of these girls
were transported to Jordan and then smuggled to various countries --
Germany, France, Canada, Denmark, England, the United States -- where they
were raised by guardians who were usually Mujahedeen supporters. When they
were 18 or 19, many of them decided to come back to Iraq and fill the ranks
of the youngest Mujahedeen generation. Though ''decided'' is probably not
the right word, since from the day they were born, these girls and boys were
not taught to think for themselves but to blindly follow their leaders.
''Every morning and night, the kids, beginning as young as 1 and 2, had to
stand before a poster of Massoud and Maryam, salute them and shout praises
to them,'' Nadereh Afshari, a former Mujahedeen deep-believer, told me.
Afshari, who was posted in Germany and was responsible for receiving
Mujahedeen children during the gulf war, said that when the German
government tried to absorb Mujahedeen children into their education system,
the Mujahedeen refused. Many of the children were sent to Mujahedeen
schools, particularly in France. The Rajavis, Afshari went on to say, ''saw
these kids as the next generation's soldiers. They wanted to brainwash them
and control them.'' Which may explain the pattern to their stories: a
journey to self-empowerment and the enlightenment of self-sacrifice inspired
by the light and wisdom of Maryam and Massoud.
As we cruised around the grounds, Hossein Madani said: ''Did you know that
they built all this from scratch? That's why the combatants love their base
so much.'' And it was true; the Mujahedeen had managed to cultivate out of
the desert their own little paradise with vegetable gardens, rows of
Eucalyptus and poplar trees, sports fields and Thursday night movies. When I
asked about the fact that the land -- along with all clothing, ammunition,
gas and the like -- had been donated by Saddam Hussein and that the
Mujahedeen was, in effect, fighting one dictatorship under the wings of
another, both Madani and Bahshai insisted that the Mujahedeen's precondition
for setting up bases in Iraq was independence from Iraq's affairs. ''All
we've used is the soil,'' Bahshai insisted. Either she was an adept liar or
in deep denial, since everyone I spoke to -- Iraqi intelligence officers,
Kurdish commanders and human rights groups -- said that in 1991 Hussein used
the Mujahedeen and its tanks as advance forces to crush the Kurdish
uprisings in the north and the Shia uprisings in the south. And former
Mujahedeen members remember Maryam Rajavi's infamous command at the time:
''Take the Kurds under your tanks, and save your bullets for the Iranian
Though for years the Mujahedeen preached a Marxist-Islamic ideology, it has
modernized with the times. Today, one of the standard lines of the
Mujahedeen's National Council of Resistance to politicians in Europe and
America is that it is advocating a secular, democratic government in Iran,
and that when it overthrows the regime, it will set up a six-month interim
government with Maryam as president and then hold free elections. But
despite its rhetoric, the Mujahedeen operates like any other dictatorship.
Mujahedeen members have no access to newspapers or radio or television,
other than what is fed them. As the historian Abrahamian told me, ''No one
can criticize Rajavi.'' And everyone must go through routine self-criticism
sessions. ''It's all done on tape, so they have records of what you say. If
there's sign of resistance, you're considered not revolutionary enough, and
you need more ideological training. Either people break away or succumb.''
Salahaddin Mukhtadi, an Iranian historian in exile who still maintains
communications with the Mujahedeen because it is the strongest armed
opposition to the Iranian regime, told me that Mujahedeen members ''are
locked up if they disagree with anything. And sometimes killed.''
Afshari, who fled the group 10 years ago, told me how friendship was
forbidden. No two people could sit alone and talk together, especially about
their former lives. Informants were planted everywhere. It was Maryam's idea
to kill emotional relationships. ''She called it 'drying the base,'''
Afshari said. ''They kept telling us every one of your emotions should be
channeled toward Massoud, and Massoud equals leadership, and leadership
equals Iran.'' The segregation of the sexes began almost from toddlerhood.
''Girls were not allowed to speak to boys. If they were caught mingling,
they were severely punished.''
Though Maryam and Massoud finagled it so they could be together, they forced
everyone else into celibacy. ''They told us, 'We are at war, and soldiers
cannot have wives and husbands,''' Afshari said. ''You had to report every
single day and confess your thoughts and dreams. They made men say they got
erections when they smelled the perfume of a woman.'' Men and women had to
participate in ''weekly ideological cleansings,'' in which they would
publicly confess their sexual desires. It was not only a form of control but
also a means to delete all remnants of individual thought.
One of the most disturbing encounters I had in Ashraf was with Mahnaz Bazazi,
a commander who had been with the Mujahedeen for 25 years. I met her in the
Ashraf hospital. Bazazi was probably on drugs, but that didn't explain the
natural intoxication she was radiating, despite -- or perhaps because -- she
had just had her legs amputated after an American missile slammed into the
warehouse she was guarding. The doctor told me he never heard her complain.
''Even in this way, she's confronting the Mullahs,'' he said. Bazazi
interrupted him. ''This is not me personally,'' she said in a soft high
voice. ''These are the ideas of the Mujahedeen. It's true I lost my legs,
but my struggle will continue because I have a wish -- the freedom of my
country.'' At the foot of her bed, surrounded by candles, stood a large
framed photograph of Maryam in a white dress and blue flowered head scarf.
In the chaotic days after the fall of Baghdad, several Mujahedeen members
managed to flee the military camps and were in Kurdish custody in northern
Iraq. Kurdish officials told me they weren't sure what to do with them. One
was Mohammad, a gaunt 19-year-old Iranian from Tehran with sad chestnut
eyes. He hadn't heard of the Mujahedeen until one day last year when he was
in Istanbul desperately looking for work. A Mujahedeen recruiter spotted him
and a friend sleeping on the streets, so hungry they couldn't think anymore.
The recruiter gave them a bed and food for the night, and the next day
showed them videos of the Mujahedeen struggle. He enticed them to join with
an offer to earn money in Iraq while simultaneously fighting the cruel
Iranian regime. What's more, he said, you can marry Mujahedeen girls and
start your own family. The Mujahedeen seemed like salvation. Mohammad was
told to inform his family that he was going to work in Germany and given an
The first month at Ashraf, he said, wasn't so bad. Then came the
indoctrination in the reception department and the weird self-criticism
sessions. He quickly realized there would be no wives, no pay, no
communication with his parents, no friendships, no freedom. The place was a
nightmare, and he wanted out. But there was no leaving. When he refused to
pledge the oath to struggle forever, he was subjected to relentless
psychological pressure. One night, he couldn't take it anymore. He swallowed
80 diazepam pills. His friend, he said, slit his wrists. The friend died,
but to Mohammad's chagrin, he woke up in a solitary room. After days of
intense prodding to embrace the Mujahedeen way, he finally relented to the
oath. He trundled along numbly until the Americans invaded Iraq, when he and
another friend managed to slip out into the desert. They were helped out by
Arabs, and then turned themselves over to the Kurds, hoping for mercy.
Mohammad fell ill, and the next thing he knew he was in prison. ''The
Mujahedeen has a good appearance to the outside world, but anyone who has
lived among them knows how rotten and dirty they are,'' he said.
Another Iranian whom I met at the Kurdish prison told me that he had been a
zealous Mujahedeen supporter for years in Iran, and when he finally made it
to the Iraqi camps, he was horrified to discover that his dream was a
Before I left Camp Ashraf, Massoud Farschi, one of the Mujahedeen spokesmen
who was educated in the United States, told me that he thought the
Mujahedeen was in the best position it had ever been in. ''We've said all
along that the real threat in the world is fundamentalism, and now the world
has finally seen that.'' The Mujahedeen, he said, is the barrier to that
fundamentalism. Nevertheless, two days later, in early May, Gen. Ray Odierno
of the Fourth Infantry Division was dispatched to the camp to negotiate the
Mujahedeen's surrender. American tanks were posted outside Ashraf's gates,
and two B-52's were circling the skies above. After a day of discussion, the
Mujahedeen commanders reached a capitulation agreement in which they would
consolidate their weapons and personnel into two separate camps. Lt. Col.
John Miller, also with the Fourth, attended a ceremony in which the men and
women bid farewell to their tanks. ''We saw folks kissing their vehicles,
hugging them,'' he said. One 50-year-old man broke down in front of them,
wailing. The women, he said, were much more controlled. Not so the women in
Europe, who until recently were crying on the streets for the release of
their beloved Maryam. They got their wish; a court ordered her released on
bail. As for Massoud Rajavi, he has not uttered a peep. In fact, he seems to
have disappeared. Some Iraqis claim to have seen him a few days before
Baghdad fell boarding a helicopter south of the capital.
After the negotiations with the Mujahedeen, it was reported that Odierno
said he thought that the group's commitment to democracy in Iran meant its
status as a terrorist organization should be reviewed. There are also Senate
staff members, Pentagon officials and even some people in the State
Department who have said that if all the Mujahedeen is doing is fighting the
''evil regime'' in Iran, it quite likely that it will be removed from the
State Department's terrorist list. ''There is a move afoot among Pentagon
hard-liners,'' one administration official said, ''to use them as an
opposition in the future.'' Recently Brownback submitted an Iran Democracy
Act modeled on the Iraqi Liberation Act, which would set aside $50 million
to help opposition groups overthrow the regime. The Mujahedeen, their U.S.
supporters say, has provided the United States with key intelligence on
Iran's nuclear program. One Congressional staff member working close to the
issue said that there was a national security directive circulating ''that
includes a proposal for limited surgical strikes against the Iranian
regime's nuclear facilities. We would be remiss if we did not use the
Mujahedeen to identify exactly what the Iranians have and in the longer
term, to facilitate regime change.''
Meanwhile, inside Iran, the street protesters risking their lives and
disappearing inside the regime's prisons consider the Mujahedeen a plague --
as toxic, if not more so, than the ruling clerics. After all, the Rajavis
sold out their fellow Iranians to Saddam Hussein, trading intelligence about
their home country for a place to house their Marxist-Islamist Rajavi sect.
While Mujahedeen press releases were pouring out last month, taking undue
credit for the nightly demonstrations, many antigovernment Iranians were
rejoicing over the arrest of Maryam Rajavi and wondering where Massoud was
hiding and why he, too, hadn't been apprehended. This past winter in Iran,
when such a popular outburst among students and others was still just a
dream, if you mentioned the Mujahedeen, those who knew and remembered the
group laughed at the notion of it spearheading a democracy movement.
Instead, they said, the Rajavis, given the chance, would have been the Pol
Pot of Iran. The Pentagon has seen the fatal flaw of hitching itself to
volatile groups like the Islamists who fought the Soviets in Afghanistan
and, more recently, the Iraqi exile groups who had no popular base at home.
It seems dangerously myopic that the U.S. is even considering resurrecting
the Rajavis and their army of Stepford wives.
Significant Dates in
(Rajavi cult, headed by Maryam Rajavi and Massoud Rajavi)
1965 People’s Mojahedin
Organisation of Iran founded, based on revolutionary armed struggle to free
Iran from capitalism, imperialism, reactionary Islamic forces and despotism.
Founder members Mohammad Hanif Nezhad, Saied Mohsen and Ali-Asghar
1966 Massoud Rajavi (born in Tabas, 1948) joined in 1966 when he
studied political law at Tehran University. (Massoud Rajavi later announced
himself as the ideological leader of Mojahedin.)
1969 Rajavi became a member of the 12 member Central Committee of the
1971 Mojahedin started their armed struggle – killing 6 American
1971 Mass-arrests of members by SAVAK (the shah’s secret service)
including Massoud Rajavi. Kazem Rajavi the brother of Massoud Rajavi began
an international campaign from Switzerland to have the death sentences of
all Mojahedin prisoners commuted to life.
1972 All Central Committee members of Mojahedin executed except
February 1979 – Massoud Rajavi released from prison as the revolution
swept away the monarchy. Rajavi became spokesman for the Mojahedin (later,
Rajavi announced himself as the leader of Mojahedin). 12 member Central
Committee including Massoud Rajavi take up leadership of Mojahedin.
4 November 1979 Occupation of the American Embassy in Tehran by
‘Students following the line of the Imam’. Rajavi and Mojahedin participated
and later demanded the execution of Americans Captured
November 1979 Mojahedin militia formed. Rajavi still the spokesman
and member of central committee of Mojahedin
1980 Presidential Elections in Iran for the Islamic Republic of Iran.
Rajavi’s candidature for President rescinded by Khomeini. Rajavi stood on
behalf of Mojahedin Khalq Organisation.
1980 Iraq invades southern Iran and war is declared between the two
nations. Rajavi and Mojahedin refused to fight alongside Iranian army.
May 1981 Khomeini dismisses Abol Hassan Bani Sadr as President.
Mojahedin and Rajavi tried to distance Bani Sadr from Khomeini.
20th June 1981 (30th Khordad 1361) Mojahedin
now headed by Massoud Rajavi hold a spontaneous demonstration of 500,000
supporters (Rajavi and Mojahedin claimed) who marched on parliament (Majlis).
Khomeini orders crackdown and over 30 are killed. Beginning of mass
arbitrary arrests and execution.
29th July 1981 Rajavi and Bani Sadr escape to Paris and
together establish the National Council of Resistance of Iran. The NCRI has
12 members including the Mojahedin. Rajavi claimed to be the head of
National Council or Resistance and not the representative of Mojahedin.
Rajavi appointed another representative for Mojahedin.
8th February 1982 Mousa Khiabani the Mojahedin’s Commander
inside Iran (who did not run away with Massoud Rajavi) is killed in a gun
battle with Khomeini’s forces. Rajavi’s wife Ashraf Rabii is also killed.
Massoud Rajavi marries Bani Sadr’s daughter Firouzeh in a matter of few
24th March 1983 Bani Sadr publicly announces his
separation from the National Council of Resistance because of disagreements
over Rajavi’s relations with Iraq. Massoud Rajavi had been getting very
close to Saddam Hussein.
1983 Mojahedin forced out of bases in Iranian Kurdistan by Iranian
Pasdaran. Rajavi signs a Peace Treaty with Iraq (Saddam Hussein) and
Mojahedin forces establish camps in Iraqi Kurdistan.
1984 Rajavi divorces Firouzeh Bani Sadr. Rajavi claims to have done
every thing to stop this but this is going to be a good thing for Mojahedin.
February 1985 Massoud Rajavi marries Maryam Abrishamchi (nee
Azodanlou) in a public (members) ceremony after she divorces her husband,
Central Committee member of Mojahedin Mehdi Abrishamchi. Massoud Rajavi
declares himself and Maryam Rajavi co-leaders of the Mojahedin and terms
this an ‘Ideological Revolution’. The marriage of Maryam Rajavi and Massoud
Rajavi is the start of the path for Mojahedin to become "Rajavi cult"
14th April 1985 Massoud Rajavi and his new wife Maryam
Rajavi expel the Kurdish Democratic Party led by Ghassemlou from the
National Council of Resistance.
1986 France asks Rajavi to leave Paris.
June 1986 Massoud Rajavi and Maryam Rajavi take the Mojahedin and
National Council of Resistance headquarters to Iraq.
June 1987 Mojahedin forces receive training from the Iraqi army and
the National Liberation Army of Iran (NLA) is established. Maryam Rajavi
appointed Deputy Commander in Chief of the NLA by Massoud Rajavi.
7 December 1987 The French government expel 14 Mojahedin members to
Gabon a former French colony in Africa. Mojahedin establish hunger strikes
in front of French embassies in Europe for over 40 days before the members
are returned. Massoud Rajavi and his wife Maryam Rajavi send messages of
Resistance against the French Government.
18 June 1988 Operation Chehel Cheraq into Iran reaches Mehran city.
The joint operation of Mojahedin and Iraqi army is headed by Massoud and
3 July An Iranian airbus downed by USS Vincennes. All 293 passengers
killed. Massoud Rajavi condemned the US action.
18 July 1988 Iran and Iraq accept UN Security Council Resolution 598
to end their eight year war. Massoud Rajavi and his wife Maryam Rajavi had
claimed that the only way to peace is the total overthrow of the Iranian
Regime by Mojahedin.
25 July 1988 the Mojahedin headed by Massoud and Maryam Rajavi
undertake operation Forouq-e Javidan (aka Eternal Light or Mersad), a
military invasion of Iran which is ambushed by the Iranian military. Over
2000 Mojahedin forces are killed.
20 August 1988 cease-fire effective between Iran and Iraq after eight
years of war.
3rd June 1989 death of Khomeini. Rajavi had claimed the
the Iranian regime will be toppled by losing its head. Contrary to his word,
he did not launch an attack on Iran.
October 1989 Massoud Rajavi announces the Internal Revolution. Maryam
Rajavi is appointed Secretary General of the Mojahedin. Massoud Rajavi
declares himself Ideological Leader of the resistance movement. Married
members of Mojahedin are required by the leadership (Massoud and Maryam
Rajavi) to divorce.
1991 Massoud and Maryam Rajavi announce that the Mojahedin Central
Committee has been expanded to several hundred members.
February 1991 The Gulf War. Rajavi orders children to be evacuated
from Iraq and sent to the west for fostering.
March 1991 Morvarid operation in which Mojahedin forces use tanks to
quell Kurdish rebellions in the north of Iraq. The suppression ordered by
Saddam Hussein, carried out by Mojahedin was headed by Massoud and Maryam
18th October 1991 NLA (Mojahedin) military parade in the
presence of Massoud and Maryam Rajavi held in Ashraf camp, Iraq as a show of
19th October 1991 Eleven more members added to the
National Council of Resistance making it 22 strong.
April 1992 Iran bombs Mojahedin bases in Iraq. Massoud and Maryam
Rajavi survive the attack. Mojahedin and National Council of Resistance
launch simultaneous arson attacks on Iranian embassies in thirteen western
21 December 1992 National Council of Resistance expanded from 21 to
150 members to include more Mojahedin personnel. NCRI officially becomes an
extension of the Rajavi cult.
August 1993 National Council of Resistance (headed by Rajavi)
expanded to 235 members to include more Mojahedin personnel. National
Council of Resistance sets up eighteen committees. National Council of
Resistance (headed by Massoud Rajavi) decides to appoint Maryam Rajavi as
President elect of the Democratic Islamic Republic of Iran [after the
overthrow of the current Islamic Republic of Iran].
10th August 1993 Mojahedin (Rajavi cult) unanimously elect
all-women Leadership Council of 12 members and 12 deputies. The Mojahedin
Central Committee is trebled from 1991 levels to 2,600 members.
October 1993 Maryam Rajavi made President elect for the future Iran
by the NCRI. Fahimeh Arvani appointed Secretary General of the Mojahedin.
Massoud Rajavi the Ideological leader of the cult.
1993 Maryam Rajavi sent to France by Massoud Rajavi to win back
western political support.
1994 US Foreign Affairs Committee commission the State Department to
report on the Mojahedin (Rajavi Cult). The subsequent report describes the
Mojahedin as a personality cult and says that the organisation is terrorist
August 1995 National Council of Resistance expanded to 560 members
(all Mojahedin members). Committees increased from 18 to 25.
October 1995 Maryam Rajavi visits Norway and addresses City Hall,
Oslo on behalf of Mojahedin and National Council of Resistance.
21 June 1996 Earl’s Court concert held in London. Maryam Rajavi
June 1996 Maryam Rajavi speaks to a private meeting of British
August 1996 National Council of Resistance now has 572 members. Only
6 are political parties, including the Mojahedin organisation. over 90
percent are officially from Mojahedin Khalq Organisation (Rajavi Cult)
1996 Maryam Rajavi recalled to Iraq by her husband Massoud Rajavi
after the failure of her mission.
1996 UK Charity Commission begins investigation into Iran Aid Charity
over alleged fundraising for Mojahedin and Rajavi cult.
1997 UK Charity Commission close Iran Aid Charity.
1997 Mojahedin (Rajavi cult) withdraw all personnel to Iraq. Launch
at least ten cross-border attacks on Iran.
October 1997 US State Department designates the Mojahedin headed by
Rajavi a terrorist organisation according to the Anti-Terrorism and
Effective Death Penalty Act of the same year.
1999 the Mojahedin headed by Massoud and Maryam Rajavi targeted key
Iranian military officers and assassinated the deputy chief of the Iranian
Armed Forces General Staff, Shirazi
2000 Mojahedin (Rajavi cult) launch operation Great Bahman with a dozen
military attacks against Iran. April 2000 the Mojahedin (Rajavi cult) attempted to assassinate the
commander of the Nasr Headquarters, Tehran’s interagency board responsible
for coordinating policies on Iraq.
2000 United Kingdom lists Mojahedin (Rajavi cult) as a proscribed
organisation under the Terrorism Act 2000.
11 September 2001 Mojahedin (Rajavi cult) make no comment on
terrorism following the World Trade Centre disaster. Witnesses say the event
was celebrated in the group's bases throughout the world.
21 December 2001 German High Court closes 25 Mojahedin (Rajavi cult)
bases in Germany over social security misuse and fraud. Several million
marks had been used to buy weapons.
and 2001 the Mojahedin (Rajavi cult) was involved regularly in 213
mortar attacks and hit-and-run raids on Iranian military and law enforcement
units and government buildings near the Iran-Iraq border.
May 2002 European Union places Mojahedin (Rajavi cult) on its list of
18 April 2003 Mojahedin (Rajavi cult) armed forces in Iraq agree a
ceasefire with US Commanders.
20 April 2003 Mojahedin (Rajavi cult) armed forces in Iraq agree to
disarm under US control
3 June 2003 Australian Federal Police raid 10 Mojahedin (Rajavi cult)
bases in Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne
11 June 2003 Iranian students protest in Tehran
17 June 2003 French Police raid Mojahedin (Rajavi cult) headquarters in
Paris - arrest leader's wife Maryam Rajavi and over 150 other Mojahedin
members on the orders of the anti-terrorist judge Jean-Louis Bruguiere
20 June 2003 Anniversary of Mojahedin's mass demonstration in Iran
20 June 2003 Four Iranians (From Rajavi cult) have so far taken part
in the fire protests in London this week, after the arrests in Paris of 150
members of the Iranian opposition group, the People's Mojahedin or Rajavi
24 July 2003 Mojahedin (Rajavi cult) in Iraq refuse to allow families
into their camps to visit their relatives
15 August 2003 US State Department Amends Terrorist
Designation of Mojahedin-e Khalq to add its aliases National Council of
Resistance (NCR) and National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) now all
official names for Rajavi cult are listed.
September 2003 Mojahedin (Rajavi cult) repeatedly talked of as pawns
in a power game between the Pentagon and Iran
11 September 2003 Richard Boucher in a State Department Press
Briefing reiterated firstly that "the MEK (Mojahedin Khalq Organisation of
Rajavi cult) is a terrorist organization; second of all, that we are not
going to allow terrorist organizations to exist or operate inside Iraq."
27 September 2003 Mojahedin (Rajavi cult) deny 300 families of
Mojahedin members access to their relatives
2 October 2003 US State Department re-designates the Mojahedin and
National Council of Resistance as terrorist entities
10 October 2003 Shirin Ebadi wins Nobel Peace Prize
14 October 2003 FOX News introduces Mojahedin (Rajavi cult) spokesman
Alireza Jafarzadeh as its Iran expert
14 October 2003 Canadian Judge Gladys MacPherson rules
Mojahedin (Rajavi cult) a terrorist organization prompting a crackdown on
Mojahedin finances and activities there
3 December 2003 British House of Lords Debate says fall of Saddam
Hussein exposes Mojahedin (Rajavi cult) as international
terrorists with six massive military bases inside Iraq 10 December 2003 Iraqi Governing Council votes unanimously to expel
Mojahedin (Rajavi cult) from Iraq
26 December 2003 Earthquake in Bam, Iran
27 December 2003 Maryam Rajavi convenes meeting of top Mojahedin (Rajavi
cult) officials in Europe to explore ways to exploit the Bam earthquake and
raise funds under this banner
30 December 2003 Al Jazeera airs videotape secretly filmed by Saddam
Hussein's Intelligence officials of Massoud Rajavi an Mojahedin accepting
tanks, and money from Saddam's Secret Service
6 January 2004 Seventeen Mojahedin (Rajavi cult) members in US
captivity in Iraq have links to Canada but Mojahedin will not let them go -
demands whole terrorist organization be taken out together
14 January 2004 American Red Cross implicated in involvement in a
Mojahedin (Rajavi cult) fundraiser ostensibly for Bam victims to be held
January 24 to promote Maryam Rajavi and raise funds
21 January 2004 US Attorney General John Ashcroft to investigate a
charity event for ties to an Iranian terrorist group (Mojahedin or Rajavi
cult) backed by Saddam Hussein
22 January 2004 U.S. Rep. Tom Tancredo backed out of plans to speak
at the fundraiser connected to the Mojahedin (Rajavi cult)
24 January 2004 Rajavi and Mojahedin's financial contacts with
foreign terrorists in Norway uncovered
24 January 2004 Former Mojahedin (Rajavi cult) members hold press
conference in Baghdad to demand help from the international community to
free dissidents inside the organization who are in Mojahedin and Rajavi
27 January 2004 Iraqi newspaper Al Mada revealed Mojahedin (Rajavi cult)
received illegal oil money from Saddam
29 January 2004 Pentagon Advisor Richard Perle criticized for
speaking at Mojahedin (Rajavi cult) fundraiser
6 February 2004 Sky News reports film showing Rajavi and Mojahedin
plotting with Saddam's Security chief for terrorist activities inside and
outside Iraq. The film includes transfer of large amounts of money to
finance the operations or Rajavi and Mojahedin
16 March 2004
Families of Mojahedin members appeal to international agencies to stop
Rajavi cult from preventing them visiting their relatives
17 March 2004 Five
mojahedin members are killed in an armed clash with police in Iraq
14 April 2004 Italian police raid Mojahedin (Rajavi cult) bases in
Italy - seize large amounts of documents and computers. Italian police acted
to prevent the transfer of Mojahedin (Rajavi cult) HQ in Baghdad to Rome
15 April 2004 Canadian Intelligence Service briefs MP about Rajavi
cult threat after he is misled into helping them
May 2004 US Department of State Patterns of Global Terrorism 2003
updates Mojahedin and National Council of Resistance (Rajavi cult) listing
as terrorist entity
11 May 2004 Stat Roo
magazine reports 12 women Mojahedin (Rajavi cult) leaders have refugee
status revoked in Germany
17 May 2004
Nejat Association reports the continuing arrival in Iran of dissenting
Mojahedin (Rajavi cult) who have fled Ashraf camp. Dissent is rife inside
the camp say the escapees
24 May 2004
UK Labour MP Steve McCabe accused of supporting terrorism as he attends
National Council of Resistance (Rajavi cult) meeting. In August 2003 the USA
designated the National council of resistance (Rajavi cult) part of the MKO/PMOI
(Mojahedin) terrorist entity
14 June 2004 Win Griffiths, MP, Sir
Teddy Taylor, MP, an independent journalist and Iran-Interlink visit Ebrahim
Khodabandeh and Jamil Bassam and other Mojahedin (Rajavi cult) prisoners in
Evin prison, Tehran
17 June 2004
Former Mojahedin and Rajavi cult members seminar in Paris to raise awareness
of Rajavi cult involvement in Iraqi terrorism, war crimes and human rights
17 June 2004
One year anniversary of arrest of Maryam Azdonlou (aka Rajavi) in Paris.
Azdonlou (Rajavi) is still awaiting trial on terrorism charges
30 June 2004
Ali Reza Jaafar Zadeh, Mojahedin (Rajavi cult) spokesman in FOX News,
continues to be exposed as a peddler of unsubstantiated rumours
9 July 2004
US Court of Appeals upholds decision that National Council of Resistance and
Mojahedin (Rajavi cult) are terrorist entities
26 July 2004
Mojahedin (Rajavi cult) in Ashraf camp, Iraq granted 'protected status'
under Fourth Geneva Convention. US State Department stresses it still
regards Mojahedin (Rajavi cult) as a terrorist entity and is in talks to
repatriate individual members to Iran on a voluntary basis
2004 Iranian judiciary prepares a complaint against Mojahedin (Rajavi
cult) to present in to an Iraqi special court
2004 Mojahedin (Rajavi cult) duped Swedish schoolchildren into attending
a pro-Mojahedin demo in Brussels, along with paying tens of Afghan refugees
to pose as Iranian supporters
2004 Jack Straw, UK Foreign Secretary told reporters there were no
grounds for removing Mojahedin (Rajavi cult) from terror list: "they were
and remain a terrorist organization".
2004 Mojahedin (Rajavi cult) agent in Germany arrested after kidnap
attempt on former member in Cologne shopping street
2004 Chief U.S. weapons inspector Charles Duelfer reports Saddam
Hussein used the United Nations-managed Oil-for-Food program to provide
millions of dollars in subsidies to Mojahedin (Rajavi cult)
October 2004 First voluntary
repatriations begun from Camp Ashraf under auspices of Red Cross and Red
Crescent. Seven former Mojahedin members returned successfully to their
19 November 2004 Antiwar Americans and
Iranians protest against Mojahedin (Rajavi cult) in Washington
20 November 2004 Draft statement for
Sharm Al Sheikh conference deals with Mojahedin Khalq or Rajavi cult as a
foreign terrorist group in Iraq
20 December 2004 A US federal appeals
court Monday reinstated indictments against seven defendants accused of
raising money for a terrorist organization Mojahedin Khalq or Rajavi cult
with links to ousted Iraqi ruler Saddam Hussein.
20 December 2004 28 former Mojahedin (Rajavi
cult) members voluntarily repatriated from Camp Ashraf.
12 January 2005 13 former Mojahedin (Rajavi
cult) members voluntarily repatriated from Camp Ashraf.
10 February 2005 German police ban
Mojahedin (Rajavi cult) rally in Berlin over fears of violence by the group.
24 February 2005 British academic Ali
Ansari wins public apology after slander trial over comments made in the
Mojahedin's book Enemies of the Ayatollahs by Mohammed Mohaddessin
(Representative of Rajavi cult). Publisher Zed Books Ltd agreed not to
republish the book and all relevant copies of the book had been recalled and
the offending material destroyed
25 February 2005 Over 230 former
Mojahedin (Rajavi cult) members attended a meeting in the ICRI office in
Baghdad to formally request to be freed and repatriated to Iran.
9 March 2005 A new group of 132 former
Mojahedin (Rajavi cult) members repatriated. Another group of 100 returned
to Iran earlier this month.
29 March 2005 former Mojahedin (Rajavi
cult) members protest to French parliament to help free Rajavi's captives
from Iraqi camp.
... A RAND study examined the evolution of
this controversial decision, which has left the United States open to
charges of hypocrisy in the war on terrorism. An examination of MeK
activities establishes its cultic practices and its deceptive recruitment
and public relations strategies. A series of coalition decisions served to
facilitate the MeK leadership's control over its members. The government of
Iraq wants to expel the group, but no country other than Iran will accept
it. Thus, the RAND study concludes that the best course of action would be
At the beginning of Operation Iraqi
Freedom, Coalition forces classified the Mujahedin-e Khalq, a militant
organization from Iran with cult-like elements that advocates the overthrow
of Iran's current government, as an enemy force.
The MeK had provided security services to
Saddam Hussein from camps established in Iraq during the Iran-Iraq War to
fight Iran in collaboration with Saddam's forces and resources. A new study
from the RAND Corporation, a nonprofit research organization, looks at how
coalition forces handled this group following the invasion.
Although the MeK is a designated Foreign
Terrorist Organization by the United States, coalition forces never had a
clear mission on how to deal with it.
After a ceasefire was signed between
Coalition forces and the MeK, the U.S. Secretary of Defense designated this
group's members as civilian "protected persons" rather than combatant
prisoners of war under the Geneva Conventions. The coalition's treatment of
the MeK leaves it – and the United States in particular – open to charges of
hypocrisy, offering security to a terrorist group rather than breaking it
Research suggests that most of the MeK
rank-and-file are neither terrorists nor freedom fighters, but trapped and
brainwashed people who would be willing to return to Iran if they were
separated from the MeK leadership. Many members were lured to Iraq from
other countries with false promises, only to have their passports
confiscated by the MeK leadership, which uses physical abuse, imprisonment,
and other methods to keep them from leaving.
Iraq wants to expel the group, but no
country other than Iran will accept it. The RAND study suggests the best
course of action would have been to repatriate MeK rank-and-file members
back to Iran, where they have been granted amnesty since 2003. To date, Iran
appears to have upheld its commitment to MeK members in Iran. The study also
concludes better guidelines be established for the possible detention of
members of designated terrorist organizations.
On June 20, 2009, the Fox News Channel devoted the entire day of live
programming to coverage of the unrest in Iran. For supporters of the Iranian
communist MEK (MKO, PMOI, NCRI, Rajavi Cult, or Pol Pot of Iran) terrorists,
there was no need to watch their Sima Azadi television channel via
satellite. Throughout the day, the Fox News Channel provided favorable
coverage for the communist terrorists. Some examples were:
During the 11:00 – 11:30 AM (PST) segment, Fox News Channel showed MEK
supporters in front of the White House waving their communist flags. The
panelists for this segment, Charles Krauthammer and Courtney Kealy, failed
to identify or to condemn the supporters of the communist terrorists. These
terrorists have murdered American military officers, Rockwell International
employees, and large numbers of Iranian and Iraqi civilians. In September
2002, former President George W. Bush’s White House published a background
paper for Bush’s remarks at the United Nations listing the MEK as a pretext
for the Iraq War. In 2003, American and coalition forces attacked and killed
some of the MEK terrorists at Camp Ashraf, Iraq.
In a later segment, Congressman Darryl Issa (Republican—California)
commented that empowerment of people has changed Communist China for the
During Shepard Smith’s segment, Smith showed a video of the MEK rally in
Paris, France and identified them as the PMOI. The only negative reference
to the MEK occurred when Amy Kellogg speculated that the MEK might be
responsible for a possible suicide bombing at Ayatollah Khomeini’s shrine in
Tehran. Shepard Smith neither responded nor indicated that PMOI and MEK are
two names for the same communist terrorist organization.
During Geraldo Rivera’s segment, former Senator Rick Santorum, who was a
strong supporter of the MEK in the United States Senate, noted that former
Senator (and now Vice President) Biden had originally opposed the Iran
Freedom Support Act.
Then, Geraldo Rivera showed video of Maryam Rajavi’s MEK rally in Paris,
France and interviewed Fox News Channel Foreign Affairs Analyst, who headed
the NCRI office in Washington, DC until the Federal Government closed the
In 2007, Fox News Channel viewers could claim to have been duped by relying
upon the Fox News Channel for news. Now, Fox News Channel viewers have no
excuses. Those who rely upon the Fox News Channel as a source of accurate
news are traitors to all Americans who fought or died fighting communists.
Americans do not need to look to Iran or to the Middle East in search for
America’s worst enemies. America’s worst enemies are in America.
(Daniel Zucker, Maryam Rajavi and ALi Safavi)
(Ali Safavi as the commander of Saddam's Private Army in Iraq)
(Maryam Rajavi directly ordered the massacre of Kurdish people)
All kinds of interesting news has been coming out of the USA during the
past couple of weeks. Not least the news of large scale organised American
support for Mirhossein Mousavi the defeated Iranian presidential candidate.
Notably Mr Mousavi served as the Islamic Republic’s Prime Minister in the
early years of the Islamic Republic when the same Americans were calling him
the henchman of Ayatollah Khomeini, etc.
It is widely believed that this support for Mirhosein Mousavi under the
banner of a so-called “green revolution” has been part of a failed coup
orchestrated by the regime change advocates who intended to bring a puppet
Middle Eastern style “President” to rule Iran. If this had happened,
President Obama would be able to make his next message to the Moslem World
under the new Iranian flag rather than under the Egyptian flag alongside
“President” Mobarak. But it did not happen and perhaps it could not happen
taking into consideration obvious facts on the ground, which have been
ignored by the USA for the last 30 years.
There are, of course, others who simply believe that the hugely expensive
and costly support of the US Government for the “green revolution of the
people of Iran” is down to the commitment of the US Government to bringing
DEMOCRACY and HUMAN RIGHTS (yes I am talking about the US of A) to countries
across the globe.
Whichever way you may look at it, I am sure you would agree that the most
hilarious, and at the same time, sad position has been that taken by
American law makers who advocate support for the same terrorists who have
killed American servicemen.
On the occasion of American Independence Day, let us remember the people
who lost their lives for their country and wonder at those people who stand
today under the same flag only to LOBBY for the murderers of their
"… At a Capitol Hill press conference on June 26th, Rep. Bob Filner
(D-CA), chairman of the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee, declared the U.S.
should explicitly side with Iranian "resistance groups", including the MEK,
which he described as a "democratic, non-nuclear, secular group fighting for
freedom for all the people in Iran." The U.S. State Department notes that
the MEK "advocates the violent overthrow of the Iranian regime and was
responsible for the assassination of several U.S. military personnel and
civilians in the 1970’s," and that the group maintains "the capacity and
will to commit terrorist acts in Europe, the Middle East, the United States,
Canada, and beyond …"
Lewis Lee Hawkins, the only son of Herman and Mary Webster Hawkins, was born
in Chicago, Illinois on 8 August 1930. Herman and Mary would eventually move
and raise their family in Plymouth, Indiana… His final assignment came in
July 1972 when he was attached to the U.S. Military Assistance Advisory
Group to the Imperial Iranian Armed Forces in Tehran, Iran. Annette and Lee
joined Lewis in Tehran where they lived in the Abass-Abad neighborhood. On
the morning of 2 June 1973, as Lewis was walking from his home to a street
corner to be picked up by his driver, two terrorists riding a motorcycle
fired at point-blank range and fired two or three shots killing Lewis
instantly. Lewis was survived by his wife Annette; three sons, Terry,
Ronald, and Lee; his parents, Herman and Mary Hawkins of Rowan, Iowa; and
two sisters Mary Duran of Plymouth and Mona Crocker of Belmond, Iowa. His
daughter preceded him in death…"
Iraq's National Security Advisor
Dr. Mowaffak al Rubaie
LONDON, April 6
/PRNewswire/ -- In an interview with Anne Singleton of Iran-Interlink, Dr.
Mowaffak al Rubaie, Iraq 's national security advisor clarified his approach
to the Government of Iraq's decision to remove the Iranian terrorist
Mojahedin-e Khalq (MEK, aka MKO, PMOI) from the country.
Responsibility for Camp Ashraf was handed
over to the Government of Iraq by the Coalition Forces in January this year.
Since then, Dr. al Rubaie's plan for the difficult task of dismantling an
extremist cult has revealed an enlightened, humanitarian approach which
could become a blueprint for tackling similar organisations worldwide.
Dr. al Rubaie explained, "This is an
indoctrinated and tightly disciplined organization of extremist zealots who
have employed terrorism and at times even self-immolation to secure their
aims. In normal everyday language we can say that they have been
"brainwashed". He added, "The Government of Iraq does not deal with the MEK
as an organization. We deal with the residents as individuals."
Under observation by the ICRC and the Iraqi
Ministry of Human Rights, Dr. al Rubaie has focused efforts to protect the
individuals inside the camp following allegations that human rights abuses
are being perpetrated by MEK leaders against the residents. To this end he
said, "We believe that if we can separate individuals from the
all-encompassing domination by their leaders, we can allow them to begin to
exercise their rights as individuals and make appropriate choices. That is,
we hope to remove them from the toxic effects of their indoctrination and
In response to the many obstacles thrown up
by the MEK to their removal from Camp Ashraf, Dr al Rubaie told
Iran-Interlink, "The Iraqi Army unit posted to defend and secure Camp Ashraf
has exercised patience and extreme restraint in spite of the staged
provocations and demonstrations that Ashraf's self-appointed leaders have
launched in defiance of the legitimate exercise by the Government of Iraq of
its sovereignty." "Ashraf is not above the law," said Dr. al Rubaie.
Asked what can the UK , European and other
western governments do to help resettle the MEK, Dr. al Rubaie replied,
"These governments can agree to allow their citizens and others who have
status in their country to return."
An Interview with
Iraq’s National Security Advisor Dr. Mowaffak al Rubaie
about Camp Ashraf
by Anne Singleton
April 5, 2009
... Dr. Mowaffak al Rubaie: We have and will continue to treat
the residents of Camp Ashraf humanely and in accordance with Iraqi law and
international law and conventions. We will not initiate acts of violence
against them. We do expect them to cooperate in our efforts to exercise our
sovereignty according to the rule of law. Should they choose extremist acts
such as self-immolation, it will be their decision which we would regret...
Anne Singleton, Iran Interlink, April 05, 2009
After 2003 the disarmed Iranian terrorist Mojahedin-e Khalq (MEK)
organisation was consolidated from various locales in Iraq and protected by
US forces at Camp Ashraf in Diyala province; a bizarre anomaly in Iraqi and
coalition efforts to bring unity and peace to the country. The Government of
Iraq has long regarded the MEK as a foreign terrorist group which continues
to threaten internal security and is culpable for aiding Saddam Hussein in
the violent suppression of Kurdish and Shia uprisings in 1991. Successive
announcements in 2008 by President Jalal Talabani and Foreign Minister
Hoshyar Zebari made clear their government’s determination to expel all the
MEK members as soon as possible.
But solving the conundrum as to why the group has been protected and
promoted by western interests for all this time has become clearer since
January this year when responsibility for Camp Ashraf was handed over to the
Government of Iraq by the Coalition Forces. As the Government of Iraq has
moved swiftly to fulfil its decision to expel members of the MEK from the
country, so the protests by those who have a stake in the continued presence
of the group have intensified.
During March, three debates were held in the UK parliament by members
supporting the MEK. In spite of being on the US terrorism list since 1997,
CBS and CNN news channels have broadcast MEK films showing its personnel
obstructing Iraqi authorities as they try to perform their duties.
Additionally, the Washington Post has quoted an MEK spokesman in which he is
threatening the Government of Iraq that “a human catastrophe" will follow
Even though Europe and the UK have un-proscribed the group as it claims
to no longer believe in violence, no moves have been made to have European
and British citizens and those with residency rights removed from Camp
Ashraf to safety. Instead, powerful lobbies who have used the MEK for their
own interests are continuing their efforts to force the Government of Iraq
to maintain the infrastructure of a terrorist organisation in its country.
Keeping the group in Iraq can only serve the interests of those Saddamists
who still believe the group will give them leverage over the Government of
Spearheading Government plans to remove the MEK is Iraq’s national
security advisor Dr. Mowaffak al Rubaie. His role is to advise the
Government of Iraq and coordinate policies and activity in relation to
national security and intelligence matters.
Over several months Dr. al Rubaie has fielded criticisms and attacks with
repeated assurances that the residents of Camp Ashraf will be treated
according to international human rights standards and that none would be
forcibly repatriated. To date, nothing has occurred at Camp Ashraf to give
any cause for concern to human rights organisations. In recent weeks two MEK
members departed Camp Ashraf voluntarily. One confessed that he had been
instructed to commit suicide in order to implicate Iraq’s Army. These two
men, who were protected and comfortably accommodated by the Iraqi Government
under observation by the ICRC and the Iraqi Ministry of Human Rights, spoke
openly of the human rights violations perpetrated by the leaders on MEK
members. It was partly in response to this information that Dr. al Rubaie
has focused efforts to protect the individuals inside the camp.
Indeed Dr. al Rubaie’s plan for the difficult task of dismantling an
extremist cult has revealed an enlightened, humanitarian approach which
could become a blueprint for tackling similar organisations worldwide.
However, as the clamour continues, I asked Dr. al Rubaie for an interview
in order to further clarify his Government’s approach to events at Camp
Anne Singleton: You want to move the residents from Camp
Ashraf for their own protection, yet the MEK commanders say they must remain
in Camp Ashraf. What do you think motivates them? Mowaffak al Rubaie: The self-appointed leaders at Camp
Ashraf will have to speak for themselves. What I will address is how the
residents of Camp Ashraf have cooperated or not cooperated with the policies
and decisions of the Government of Iraq. The GOI does not deal with the MEK
as an organization. We deal with the residents as individuals. The GOI has
informed them that as members of a foreign terrorist organization they
cannot remain in Iraq and must choose whether to return to their country of
citizenship or some other country. Remaining in Iraq is not an option. The
GOI has taken steps to assure their security while beginning to exercise
sovereignty at Camp Ashraf as we do in every other part of our country.
Ashraf is not above the law. Any infractions of Iraqi law will be handled by
the GOI authorities with attention to due process and humanitarian
standards. To date, the residents of Camp Ashraf have created a series of
obstacles to the legitimate exercise of sovereignty by the GOI and this will
not be tolerated. They must cooperate in order to avoid obstructing our
authorities carrying out their legitimate duties.
AS: Some observers speculate that MEK leader Massoud Rajavi
is in the anti-nuclear bunker inside Camp Ashraf and that is why the
commanders refuse to move. Do you think this is possible? MR: We do not know exactly what is within the bounds of
Camp Ashraf. The GOI has informed the residents that we will diligently and
progressively examine all areas of Ashraf to ensure there is no contraband,
that there are no illegal activities taking place, and that they must
cooperate with this legitimate exercise of Iraqi sovereignty and enforcement
of the rule of law.
AS: You have spoken of ‘detoxifying’ the people in Camp
Ashraf. Could you explain what this means and why you feel it is necessary?
What do you hope to achieve? MR: As you know from observing the behavior of the MEK and
from their history, this is an indoctrinated and tightly disciplined
organization of extremist zealots who have employed terrorism and at times
even self-immolation to secure their aims. In normal everyday language we
can say that they have been "brainwashed". As is common in organizations of
this type, the indoctrination and discipline rely on the continuous pressure
of their leaders and the total control by them of their environment.
Therefore, individuals have little ability to exercise their free will
because they exist in this closed environment and fear for personal
reprisals if they are discovered to have deviated from the approved line of
responses. As we strive to determine from each individual where they wish to
go since they cannot remain in Iraq, we are conducting individual surveys
and a census which are open to oversight by the ICRC and the UN. We believe
that if we can separate individuals from the all-encompassing domination by
their leaders, we can allow them to begin to exercise their rights as
individuals and make appropriate choices. That is, we hope to remove them
from the toxic effects of their indoctrination and leaders.
AS: CBS and CNN have been broadcasting clips showing women
shouting at and insulting Iraqi soldiers from behind closed gates. Could
tell us more about what these scenes depict. MR: You will have to ask CBS and CNN when and under what
circumstances they obtained their filmed scenes. What I can tell you is that
the Iraqi Army unit posted to defend and secure Camp Ashraf has been in full
control since 20 February and has exercised patience and extreme restraint
in spite of the staged provocations and demonstrations that Ashraf's
self-appointed leaders have launched in defiance of the legitimate exercise
by the GOI of its sovereignty.
AS: Families are concerned about having access to their
relatives without MEK minders being present. Do you see a time in the near
future that such visits can be facilitated? MR: The GOI has already facilitated visits by families and
has provided the residents of Camp Ashraf written procedures which are fully
permissive. Our security forces at Camp Ashraf have and will continue to
facilitate legitimate family visits with no interference by either the MEK
or anyone else. These visits are also completely open to ICRC and UN
observation. The MEK have been the obstacle to establishing a comfortable
facility for such family visits.
AS: The MEK claim that the Government of Iraq has not
allowed medical personnel or medical supplies into the camp and that this
has resulted in the deaths of some women and that others are dying. They
want ICRC and UNHCR intervention. What is your response to this allegation?
MR: These allegations are false and baseless.
AS: The MEK’s supporters have paid millions in legal fees
to have the group removed from the UK and European Council terrorism lists.
Have any of the group’s western supporters offered to help remove these
people to their countries? MR: The GOI has communicated with ambassadors from the
European Union and all other countries we suspect have citizens or persons
with some claim to residency in their countries. We have asked them to offer
to allow those with status in their countries to return and to consider
hosting others who may want to reside in their countries. We have
facilitated visits by representatives of these countries to Camp Ashraf. We
are hopeful that this level of openness and transparency by the GOI will
persuade these countries to allow such returns.
AS: In your view, what can the UK, European and other
western governments do to help resettle the MEK? MR: These governments can agree to allow their citizens and
others who have status in their country to return.
AS: The Washington Post quoted MEK member Mohammad
Mohaddessin clearly threatening that self-immolations similar to 2003 and
other suicide acts would be performed by the residents of Camp Ashraf. What
is your response to this? MR: We have and will continue to treat the residents of
Camp Ashraf humanely and in accordance with Iraqi law and international law
and conventions. We will not initiate acts of violence against them. We do
expect them to cooperate in our efforts to exercise our sovereignty
according to the rule of law. Should they choose extremist acts such as
self-immolation, it will be their decision which we would regret.