US official: Albanians need reforms for themselves, EU membership as well as dealing with Mojahedin Khalq (Rajavi cult)

US official: Albanians need reforms for themselves, EU membership as well as dealing with Mojahedin Khalq (Rajavi cult)

Albaian-President-Bujar-Nishani-and-John-Kerry-2016Associated Press, Tirana, February 14 2016:… U.S. officials traveling with Kerry said that while the reforms are needed for their own sake as well as E.U. membership, they also were key to Albania’s fulfilling a commitment to relocate thousands of members of the exiled Iranian Mujahedeen-e-Khalq opposition group. Saddam Hussein had welcomed the Iranian group into Iraq in the 1980s, but Iraq’s current Shiite-led government considers their presence illegal. The group lost … 

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US pushing Albania to enact judicial, legislative reforms

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Sunday pushed Albania to enact a major package of judicial and legislative reforms, backed by U.S. money that also is intended to help the Balkan nation take in Iranian refugees from Iraq.

Kerry, returning to the United States from a four-day trip to Germany, made a brief stop in Albania’s capital to urge the government and opposition parties to support the package now pending in parliament. Kerry said the reforms represent a significant step forward in Albania’s bid to join the European Union.

The changes include the creation of an anti-corruption court and prosecutor’s office as well as a national investigative body similar to the FBI in the United States. The U.S. has provided $20 million in assistance to support the reforms and $5 million more is budgeted this year.

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U.S Secretary of State John Kerry, right, meets with host Albanian President Bujar Nishani after landing at the International Airport Mother Teresa, Tirana, Sunday, Feb. 14, 2016. Kerry, returning to the United States from a four-day trip to Germany, made a brief stop in the Albanian capital Tirana to urge the government and opposition parties to support a major package of judicial and legislative reforms. (AP Photo/ Malton Dibra)

U.S. officials traveling with Kerry said that while the reforms are needed for their own sake as well as E.U. membership, they also were key to Albania’s fulfilling a commitment to relocate thousands of members of the exiled Iranian Mujahedeen-e-Khalq opposition group.

Saddam Hussein had welcomed the Iranian group into Iraq in the 1980s, but Iraq’s current Shiite-led government considers their presence illegal. The group lost what had been its home for decades, Camp Ashraf north of Baghdad, and was moved to a former U.S. base in the Iraqi capital.

Over the past 18 months, Albania has taken in about 1,000 members of the group and has committed to taking 2,000 more.

Neither Kerry nor any of the Albanian officials mentioned the relocations.

After meeting Kerry, Albanian President Bujar Nishani said he had assured Kerry of “Albania’s determination against organized crime and corruption.”

Prime Minister Edi Rama said he expected the reforms to be adopted next month.

“I am very confident we shall do that and with the United States of America on our side there is optimism for success,” Rama said.

The package is the latest effort to clean up what was once one of Europe’s most dysfunctional governments. In December, Albania’s parliament approved legislation barring people with criminal records from holding public office or most civil service jobs. The new legislation gave three months to people currently in office or in most civil service jobs who have a criminal record to resign. After that they will be dismissed.

Kerry praised Albania for its efforts so far, but reminded Rama and his government that more must be done.

“In the end, only Albanians can enact the right laws and insist on their effective implementation,” he said. “Fighting corruption is hard but necessary work — and it is vital to Albania’s economic future and its ability to become one with Europe.”

While in Tirana, Kerry also thanked Albania for its contributions to the fight against the Islamic State group, saying the majority Muslim country was a leader in countering violent extremism.

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Llazar Semini contributed to this report.

 U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry speaks at a news conference after a meeting with Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama in capital Tirana, Sunday, Feb. 14, 2016...
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry speaks at a news conference after a meeting with Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama in capital Tirana, Sunday, Feb. 14, 2016. Kerry, returning to the United States from a four-day trip to Germany, made a brief stop in the Albanian capital Tirana to urge the government and opposition parties to support a major package of judicial and legislative reforms. (Maldon Dibra/ AP Photo)
 Secretary of State John Kerry, left, speaks at a news conference with Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama in capital Tirana, Sunday, Feb. 14, 2016. Kerry, retur...
Secretary of State John Kerry, left, speaks at a news conference with Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama in capital Tirana, Sunday, Feb. 14, 2016. Kerry, returning to the United States from a four-day trip to Germany, made a brief stop in the capital Tirana to urge the government and opposition parties to support a major package of judicial and legislative reforms. (Maldon Dibra/ AP Photo)
 U.S Secretary of State John Kerry, right, speaks to host Albanian President Bujar Nishani after landing at the International Airport Mother Teresa, Tirana, S...
U.S Secretary of State John Kerry, right, speaks to host Albanian President Bujar Nishani after landing at the International Airport Mother Teresa, Tirana, Sunday, Feb. 14, 2016. Kerry, returning to the United States from a four-day trip to Germany, made a brief stop in the Albanian capital Tirana to urge the government and opposition parties to support a major package of judicial and legislative reforms. (AP Photo/ Malton Dibra)

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Iranian resistance group MKO to move to Albania (aka Mojahedin Khalq, MEK, NCRI, …)

Judit Neurink, Rudaw, Erbil, June 24 2015:… Interlink, an organisation of former MKO-members in London, warned against the plans for the camp in Albania. “MKO will make a new enclave there that is outside the law, where they will be rearmed and invite people in for training,” said Massoud Khodabandeh, director of Interlink. Part of the deal arranged by …

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Iranian resistance group MKO to move to Albania (aka Mojahedin Khalq, MEK, NCRI, …)

ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – The Iranian resistance and political group People’s Mujahedin of Iran, or Mojahedin-e-Khalq (MKO), which been operating from Iraq since 1986, is moving its members to a new base in Albania to continue the struggle against the Iranian government, according to Albanian media.

In past years, the MKO, led from Paris by Maryam Rajavi, has sent groups of members from their present location near Baghdad to Albania, where the group has acquired land and properties.

A group of 15 of the group’s leaders reportedly went there recently to set up a base.

The Iraqi newspaper Assabah Aljadeed is citing sources in Paris who claim the alleged plans are leading to a political storm in the Albanian capital, Tirana.

“The Albanian government fears that the camp will turn into something like Ashraf Camp previously. A base for military training, planning and preparation for military operations in Iran and abroad,” the paper reported.

Ashraf Camp, in Diyala province, was MKO’s main base in Iraq. In the 1980s, thousands of MKO members joined former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein to fight in the Iran-Iraq War against their follow Iranians. They were given weapons and bases, notably Ashraf Camp.

After the Gulf War in 1991, the MKO helped Saddam put down the Kurdish uprising just north of the group’s main base.

The US invasion in 2003 led to the group being disarmed, and hundreds of disenchanted members defected. The remainder stayed at Ashraf Camp and forged close ties to the militant Sunni tribes of Diyala province, some of which were working with Al-Qaida in Iraq against the Americans and the Shiite-majority Iraqi government.

After repeated threats from the Iraqi government to forcefully evict the group from Iraq, and a number of incidents between MKO-members and Iraqi military, the United Nations intervened. The 1,000 or so remaining members were relocated to the former US base Camp Liberty near Baghdad airport.

From there, a new home would be sought for the aged members, most of whom now are in their 50s and 60s.

In 2013, at the request of the then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Albania agreed to take in over 200 of MKO members on humanitarian grounds. Since then, some 400 members have moved from Iraq to Albania. The total number of MKO members in Albania is expected to reach an estimated 500 members.

Interlink, an organisation of former MKO-members in London, warned against the plans for the camp in Albania.

“MKO will make a new enclave there that is outside the law, where they will be rearmed and invite people in for training,” said Massoud Khodabandeh, director of Interlink.

Part of the deal arranged by Clinton was the removal of MKO from the US list of terrorist organisations.

Now, with politics changing after the nuclear deal between Iran and the US, the MKO is scrambling to find new friends, according to Khodabandeh.

He said there have been reports that the MKO even offered the Saudis to help fight against the Shiites in Yemen.

Khodabandeh said that while various routes to Turkey, Syria and Iraq are under scrutiny, “terrorist commanders from any mercenary group can slip beneath the radar and seek training and logistical support in Tirana.”

“What better location to establish a clandestine terrorist training camp than in Albania? It is in Europe, but not in the EU and therefore not so open to scrutiny by the international community. It is a Muslim country but is also notorious for corruption and mafia-like gangs,” he said.

“The message is [that] the MKO have branched out and are open to do business with any terrorist group.”

At the same time, the situation for MKO in Iraq is getting increasingly precarious due to the Iran-linked militias that Baghdad has allowed to take up arms against ISIS.

To add to this potential crisis, the families of some MKO members have protested outside Camp Liberty, claiming the group’s leadership is stealing their spouse by moving them to Albania.

A group of these spouses said the MKO told its members to make Molotov cocktails for fear of attacks by the Iranian militias.

According to the spouses, MKO fears an attack would come under the cover of a visit by families members.

Even though the Iraqi Ministry of Human Rights and the Red Cross have requested that MKO allow family members to visit, they have so far not been allowed in.

Some of these spouses have reportedly not seen their loved ones since they joined the MKO.

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Nejat Society, January 06 2016:… Following the relocation of hundreds of the MKO members from Iraq to Albania, defecting from the group has increased. A defector of the group is publishing reports on the situation of the group’s base in Albania; the reports are published under the pseudonym “Mehdi Tofiqi”. According to his reports, leaders of the cult …

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What’s going on in Mojahedin Khalq (Rajavi cult, MKO, MEK) camp in Albania?

Following the relocation of hundreds of the MKO members from Iraq to Albania, defecting from the group has increased. A defector of the group is publishing reports on the situation of the group’s base in Albania; the reports are published under the pseudonym “Mehdi Tofiqi”. According to his reports, leaders of the cult of Rajavi awfully panic the decline of their establishment. Therefore, supervision and control over members have become stricter. Here’s an extract of Tofiqi’s account of what is going on in the MKO base in Tirana, Albania:

The leadership of the MKO tries to change the list that is prepared by the UNHCR. They make efforts to list the names of those who should be relocated under their own control and supervision.

They want the relocation process to be gradual and under their control. Their meticulously prepared list includes fifteen people who should be supervised by a Rajavi’s henchman. Besides, the leadership has sent thugs like Javad Khorasan and Farzaneh Meidanshahi to Albania to control the collapsing structure of the group, here.

The main camp in Tirana is located near a highway. The building‘s façade is made of glass. It is called “Camp 49”. The group’s officials have made an eating place in the building which opens to a Police Station – the Albanian police controls our arrival and exit. The Albanian government have also placed a guarding team in front of the camp because they do not trust the group authorities. The cult-like organizational meetings are held in this building too.

Despite Rajavi’s insistence on concentration of the group forces in a single base like camp Ashraf and Camp Liberty, here in Tirana, he has taken a new policy; he prevents the accumulation of members. Particularly, recently relocated ones are kept in small rooms. The windows of the building are covered by newspapers because they want to prevent members from seeing the outside world…

Teams of female commandants come to Tirana from Auver sur d’Oise, Paris to hold brainwashing sessions regularly. The dispatched teams of Maryam Rajavi have two main goals. First, to hold meetings where films of the so-called ideological revolution and speeches of Massoud Rajavi are shown repeatedly in order to stop the deep depression of members and the increasing process of defection.

The second goal of the authorities in Albania is to send their spies to penetrate among defected members. The spies provide daily reports on the conditions of the defectors’ lives in Albania. The reports are then sent to the authorities in order that they can plan new agenda to impose more pressure on defectors…

مریم رجوی داعش تروریسم Mojahedin Khalq (MKO, NCRI, Rajavi cult) terrorists openly declare support for ISIL, terror acts

مسعود خدابنده، نشریه سیاست آسیا: مجاهدین خلق و روش های تولید و انتشار اخبار جعلی در مطبوعاتمسعود خدابنده، نشریه سیاست آسیا: مجاهدین خلق و روش های تولید و انتشار اخبار جعلی در مطبوعات
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Nejat Society, January 10 2016:… Based on the UNHCR statement of December14 by the end of 2015, more than 1,100 residents were due to be relocated to a third country. This represents more than a third of the residents registered by UNHCR. Albania has housed more than three-quarters of those transferred. Based on the statement some 1900 people have …
Nejat Society, December 20 2015:…  Members of the Association warned that the relocated ones in Albania are kept under a severe controlling system that forbids them from having free access to the Internet, mobile and media. They are not allowed to get married. They have to obey all orders by the leaders. In case of necessity, members are made to commit sabotage …
Nejat Society, November 15 2015:… A total number of 172 TTL residents have been relocated in Tirana during the last month. Despite the UNHCR recent update on the situation of Camp Liberty residents which refers the arrangements for transfer of 200 more Camp residents to Albania; that is 40 individuals a week, the MKO Cult leaders have reduced …
Nejat Society, October 15 2015:… During the last week, 56 residents of Temporary Transit Location relocated in Tirana in three groups of 20, 19 and 17 individuals.Following the nonstop efforts of Mujahedin –e Khalq hostages’ families and their continuous pleas to the international human rights bodies, the relocation process of TTL residents has accelerated …
Nejat Bloggers, September 09 2015:… 55 more MKO members who were resided in Camp Liberty, Iraq as a temporary transit location relocated in Tirana early September, Neday-e Haghighat Website reported.Among the transferees is Somayeh Mohammadi; daughter of Mr. Mostafa Mohammadi who has been trying to meet Somayeh for many years now. He ha