Iraqi ambassador: No country ready to accept MKO (Mojahedin khalq, Rajavi cult)
Tehran Times Political Desk, November 11, 2008
TEHRAN – Iraq’s ambassador to Tehran, Mohammad Majid Al-Shaikh, has said that no country is ready to accept the terrorist Mojahadin Khalq Organization (MKO).
“We believe that the presence of Mojahadin group in Iraq is illegal, but no country is ready to accept the members of this group,” Al-Shaikh told the Mehr News Agency published on Monday.
He said the MKO has committed many crimes against the Iraqi people during the Saddam regime and therefore they should leave Iraq.
Iraqi Interior Ministry spokesman Brig. Gen. Abdul Kareem Khalaf said late August that the Iraqi government has given the MKO a six-month deadline to leave the country.
Al-Shaikh said if a country agrees to accept the group Iraq will immediately expel them.
He added that Iraq will not allow the MKO to do terrorist acts against Iran from Iraqi soil.
The MKO launched a campaign of assassinations and bombings in Iran soon after the 1979 Islamic revolution. It then fled to Iraq and joined Saddam's army in its invasion of the Iranian territory. Saddam also used the group in his brutal suppression of Kurdish and Shiite dissidents in northern and southern Iraq.
Iranian diplomats held in U.S. detention should be released soon
The United States military raided the Iranian diplomatic office in Arbil, northern Iraq, on January 11, 2007 and arrested five Iranian diplomats. Kurdish Autonomous Region officials condemned the act. Three Iranian nationals are still being held at U.S. captivity in Iraq.
The ambassador said the Iranian diplomats should be released “as soon as possible.”
“We have done extensive efforts for their release… Iraq has condemned the act of U.S. troops in detaining Iranian diplomats and is continuing its contacts with Americans for their release and we believe that they should be freed as soon as possible,” Al-Shaikh noted.
He also added that the Iraqi embassy in Tehran and the Iraqi government are pursuing the issue seriously.
U.K., U.S. and Israel have a duty to grant safe haven to Mojahedin-e Khalq
Al Alam, June 19, 2008
The Iraqi administration issued a statement on June 17, 2008 designating the Mojahedin-e Khalq as a terrorist organization and calling on the U.S. to stop supporting the militant group.
June 19, Al Alam television aired a discussion on the issue on its ‘Iraq Today’ programme. The programme titled ‘Mojahedin-e Khalq terrorists and American support’ was presented by Ali Al Sadi.
The participants were:
Sheikh Mazen Al Saedi, Managing director of the Sadr office in Baghdad.
Mr. Ali Al Alagh, Member of Parliament.
Mr. Ebrahim Khodabandeh, Terrorism and Cult expert from Tehran, Iran.
Ebrahim Khodabandeh said, “It is important to recognise that these people have been working against the Iranian and Iraqi people for the last three decades in line with the interests of the U.K., U.S. and Israel - during Saddam’s war against Iran and against his own people. Although the organisation is a terrorist entity by nature, many retired individuals need to be rescued by those who have used them. It is not the duty of Iran or Iraq to help these people but the U.K., U.S. and Israel should grant safe haven and retirement opportunities for their cohorts.”
Sheikh Mazen Al Saedi condemned the support of America, Israel and Britain for MKO terrorists and said, “this is a clear indication of enmity against the people of Iran and Iraq”.
Mr. Ali Al Alagh, MP was asked “now that parliament has asked the government to deport these people, is it going to be a legal requirement for the government to do so?” He responded, “it did not need parliament to pass a new law as the presence of terrorists has been banned by our constitution and it is a normal government responsibility to make sure they don’t stay in Iraq.”
Full discussion can be viewed in Arabic at the following link:
Iraq: MKO Presence Not Legal
Al Alam News, June 19, 2008
BAGHDAD, June 18--Iraqi parliament will decide on Thursday whether to expel the members of the Mujahedeen Khalq terrorist organization (MKO), whose presence is largely considered illegal by Iraqi officials.
Iraqi government Tuesday banned any dealings with the terrorist group which was mainly used by former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein to quell popular Shiite and Kurdish uprisings after the first Persian Gulf war in 1991, calling on US-led forces to stop protecting its members.
"This organization was a tool in Saddam Hussein's hand to oppress the popular movements and they are responsible for the killing of thousands of innocent Iraqis." Iraqi MP Sheikh Kheirollah al-Basri told Alalam.
Al-Basri added that the presence of Mujahedeen Khalq elements in Iraq is illegal and they must be expelled as soon as possible.
Sadrist MP Leqa al-Yassin also insisted that since the terrorist group's elements are not classified as political or social asylum, their presence in the Iraqi territory lacks any legal base.
Mahmoud Othman, a Kurdish lawmaker, said that the Interior and National Security ministers should be summoned to answer questions about the group's activities.
"This organization has expanded its influence and the Americans are supporting it to enhance their position in Iraq,'' he said.
Several lawmakers described the group as a threat to Iraq's national security as it trains anti-government elements and is involved in backing insurgents.
In an official statement, Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki's Cabinet accused the Mujahedeen Khalq organization of interfering in Iraq's internal affairs and supporting anti-government activities.
"The Cabinet decided to ban any dealings with this organization by any Iraqi or foreign individual, organization or party,'' the statement said.
The government said those who violate the order will face charges under the anti-terror law.
Before the US-led invasion in 2003, the Mujahedeen Khalq enjoyed Saddam Hussein's full support. US troops send the Group's members to a camp northeast of Baghdad, under the protection of the multinational forces.
The Iraqi cabinet demanded that the coalition turn over checkpoints around the camp to Iraqi control.
Iraqi cabinet rules to expel Mojahedin Khalq (Rajavi cult or MKO)
Press TV, June 22, 2008
Iraq's cabinet says it is adopting the appropriate measures to expel the terrorist Mujahedin Khalq Organization (MKO) from Iraqi soil.
According to the cabinet's ruling, MKO terrorists will remain on Iraqi soil, however, they will be required to comply with Iraqi regulations until they leave the country.
Based on the ruling any transaction with the terrorist group or any connection with its members, who assisted former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein in the massacre of thousands of Iraqi civilians, is strictly forbidden.
In the Iraqi cabinet statement Multi National Forces have been urged to allow Iraqi authorities to deal with MKO terrorists and to hand over checkpoints and all other related issues.
According to a source close to the ruling coalition in Baghdad, the Iraqi government is currently negotiating with US forces to take control of MKO bases in the country.
The MKO has been blacklisted as a terrorist group by many countries and international organizations.
Iraq accuses theUnited States and allies
of Supporting Mojahedin Khalq (Rajavi Cult)
terrorists against Iraqi people
(US should respect the Iraqi sovereignty by handing over control of Camp Ashraf to the government troops)
Iraq's IISC leaders discuss US agreement
Al-Iraqiyah TV, Baghdad, in Arabic 1200 gmt 19 Jun 08
Translated by:BBC Monitoring Middle East
Within its 1700 gmt newscast on 19 June, Baghdad Al-Iraqiyah Television in Arabic carries the following reports:
- "The IISC has held an ordinary periodic meeting. During the meeting, the conferees discussed a host of Iraqi issues. His Eminence Sayyid Abd-al-Aziz al-Hakim underlined that the presence of the MKO in Iraq violates both the Constitution and international law. He added that the presence of this organization was supported by the Multinational Force."
Then, Al-Hakim is shown saying: "As is known, during the days of the Governing Council in 2003, a decision was made to eject them [the MKO personnel] by early 2004. This decision was unanimously made by the Governing Council. But, then things were controlled by Mr Bremer, Ambassador Bremer, representative of the occupation force, who did not implement this decision under the pretext that these people enjoy protection. The issue remained unresolved and was mentioned in the Constitution, as the Iraqi Constitution stipulated the inadmissibility of the presence in Iraq of terrorist organizations that operate against other states. Nonetheless, the Multinational Force headed by the US troops continued to provide protection for this organization, which was given freedom of movement, which does not happen in any world state."
The TV report adds: "Regarding the Iraqi-US agreement, Vice President Dr Adil Abd-al-Mahdi said that the two sides disagree over some articles of the agreement."
Then, Abd-al-Mahdi is shown saying: "Several issues regarding the entry and exit of troops, immunities, arrests, and basic sovereignty-related issues were raised before the Political Council [for National Security]. Hence, we said that substantive authority should be returned to Iraq. These are the points. At any rate, we have not reached agreement on any specific issue. Proposals were submitted. The Iraqi side has expressed specific, clear, and frank views towards these issues."
Immediately afterward, Shaykh Jalal-al-Din al-Saghir, Iraqi MP for the IISC, is interviewed live by phone.
Asked on the presence of the MKO in Iraq, Al-Saghir says: "With regard to this organization, the Iraqi Government has not made any decision offering this organization political asylum, humanitarian refugee status, or anything that could render its presence on Iraqi territory acceptable from the purely legal point of view. Besides, during the previous period, the days of the criminal regime, this organization committed criminal actions. It was one of the repressive organizations that aided the criminal regime. It wreaked immense havoc within the ranks of the Iraqi people and Iraqi society, as is known to our brothers, the people of Kirkuk and the Diyala Governorate, not to mention the people of Basra and Baghdad. This organization did not make do with these actions, but also opposed the ongoing political process and interfered in Iraqi domestic affairs. This interference was manifested in aiding terrorism in terms of funding, training, and practice. Our brothers, the people of the Kirkuk and Al-Uzaym areas, vividly recall the checkpoints set up by these criminals, who undermined the security of average Iraqis."
Al-Saghir adds: Hence, the Council of Representatives had no choice but to stand firmly, as demonstrated at its previous session; and the Iraqi Government had no choice but to take this noble stand which it adopted. We call for the swift implementation of this stand. Likewise, we call upon the United States to send a message of assurance to the Iraqi people, telling them that it respects Iraqi sovereignty, and that it seeks to ensure respect for Iraqi sovereignty by handing over control of Camp Ashraf to the government troops, particularly since law has been enforced in all governorates."
Source: Al-Iraqiyah TV, Baghdad, in Arabic 1200 gmt 19 Jun 08
Anne Singleton interview with BBC Radio about Rajavi cult headed by Massoud Rajavi and Maryam Rajavi
Anne Singleton interview with Lorrain Kelly on GMTV (ch.3, Britain)
Anne Singleton interview with SUN newspaper
Mojahedin Khalq (Rajavi cult) a bargaining chip
Human Rights Abuses Inside the Mojahedin Khalq Camps
Report on the situation of remaining members of Mojahedin Khalq Organisation in Camp Ashraf after Consultation with Iraqi Government officials
Report on the First Series of Survivors of Mojahedin-e Khalq Camp Ashraf in Iraq Arrive in France
Asghar Farzin, Reza Sadeghi, and Ali Biglary, former members of the MKO, plead for justice against the organisation to the Iraqi judicial authorities and urge them to deal with the situation in Ashraf camp
Sahar Foundation News letter No.2 in Arabic
Letter of Mr. Keyvan Radbin to the SFF
Report on the situation of Mojahedin Khalq in Camp Ashraf (Iran interlink. Massoud Khodabandeh, February 2008)
Appeals Supplement - Ms Batul Soltani, former member of the MKO, appeals to the Iraqi legal authorities against the organisation based in Camp Ashraf in Iraq
Camp Ashraf- Human Catastrophe (A report on the meeting of Iranian Human Right Association in Europe and North America)
Sahar Foundation News letter in Arabic
Ms Batul Soltani former member of the MKO appeals to the Iraqi legal authorities against the organisation based in Camp Ashraf in Iraq
Stop taking our beloved ones as hostages!
Ms Batul Soltani former member of the Leadership Council of the MKO interviewed by Sahar Family Foundation in Iraq
Mr Teymur Khattar and Mrs Khattar Appeal to the Iraqi legal authorities to deal with the case of the suspicious death of their son Soheyl Kattar in the base of the MKO in Iraq called Camp Ashraf
Report on the situation of remaining members of Mojahedin Khalq Organisation in Camp Ashraf after Consultation with Iraqi Government officials
Khattars appeal the Iraqi authorities to investigate the suspicious death of their son in the camp of Mojahedin Khalq Organisation (Rajavi cult)
Sahar Family Foundation (SFF) to aid the families of the MKO members
British Home office: Mojahedin Khalq (Rajavi cult, MKO, MEK, PMOI,...)would remain a proscribed organisation
British parliamentary delegation visits Nejat (Rescue) Society in Tehran
UK parliamentary delegations visit to Edalat Society (Victims of Mojahedin Khalq terrorism)
Professor Paul Sheldon Foote visit to the British Parliament
(Mehdi Abrishamchi and Massoud Rajavi taking orders from Saddam's head of secret services)
(Massoud and Maryam Rajavi, cult leaders)
(Maryam Rajavi directly ordered the massacre of Kurdish people)
(A cult session in Ashraf Camp Iraq - under the protection of Saddam)
(Chemical attack on Halabche, Kurdistan, Iraq)
(British Lord!! Corbett promoting terrorism under the Logo of MKO for the past 25 years)
(In the streets of London with Lord Corbett!!)
(MKO members in European Countries 2003)