Iran Interlink Weekly Digest – February 08, 2018

Iran Interlink Weekly Digest – February 08, 2018

Iran Interlink Weekly Digest Mojahedin Khalq MEK NCRI Rajavi cultIran Interlink, February 08 2018:… The NCRI (aka MEK) issued a statement in reaction to an article published in Italy. They again tried to connect ex-members to the Iranian Ambassador to Albania (who they claim is an intelligence officer specialising in the MEK). The MEK then crudely tried to connect Massoud Khodabandeh to him. Khodabandeh admitted he had never heard the name of the Ambassador and dismissed … 

مجاهدین خلق فرقه رجوی ترانا را به سمت کمپ تروریستی جدید در آلبانی ترک می کنندMojahedin Khalq (MEK) terrorist training camp in Albania impacts whole Balkan region

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Iran Interlink Weekly Digest – February 08, 2018

Iran Interlink weekly digest exposing mojahedin khalq rajavi cult mek mko ncri++ The UNCHR has not paid any living expenses to the ex-members in Albania, in spite of its promises. UNHCR officials say they are trying to do this and will do so, but privately they admit that the MEK’s backers won’t allow them. They want the MEK to maintain a hold over everybody to prevent them talking publicly about the conditions of MEK members.

++ The 19th Bahman (8 February 1982) marks the day that leading Mojahedin members Mousa Khiabani and Ashraf Rabiei were killed in Iran by government forces. Several people wrote their memories of those events. They make the point that Rajavi wanted them to be killed because both of them were socialist and against any form of dictatorship. Some people have asserted that if Mousa – who was in the MEK’s 12 member ‘politburo’ with Rajavi – had been alive, the organisation would not have become a cult or ally with Saddam Hussein. Commentators assign this date as the most significant turning point in the history of the MEK. From this time, they say, the original MEK ideology is dead and the new ideology of Massoud Rajavi (cult ideology) replaced it.

++ Iraq’s list of most wanted terrorists was announced. Many of the MEK’s lobbyists and backers are in the list (over 8 known names) as well and Saddam’s daughter.

++ The NCRI (aka MEK) issued a statement in reaction to an article published in Italy. They again tried to connect ex-members to the Iranian Ambassador to Albania (who they claim is an intelligence officer specialising in the MEK). The MEK then crudely tried to connect Massoud Khodabandeh to him. Khodabandeh admitted he had never heard the name of the Ambassador and dismissed this as similar and as ridiculous as other MEK allegations against him. He said:
1- Rajavi is panicking and this is an attempt to politicise the issue so that the construction of a terrorist training camp in Albania would be side-lined and the abuse of ex-members and this issue of modern slavery would be side-lined;
2- All of Massoud Rajavi‘s life as MEK leader (and now Maryam’s) has been spent creating various mysterious powerful enemies to frighten his followers with. Now apparently, Massoud Khodabandeh is such a powerful enemy! According to Rajavi’s logic, the whole Iranian Intelligence ministry is devoted to the MEK, thousands of Iranian agents are deployed to the EU and US just to fight Maryam and etc. This scaremongering is primarily just to say that the enemy is too powerful hence all the failures of the past 35 years are not my fault.

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++ Nejat Bloggers published a short information piece about Ashraf Rabiei, Massoud Rajavi’s first wife. Rajavi married Ashraf after they were both released from prison in 1979. Ashraf began promoting Rajavi’s rhetoric as though he were the only leader of the MEK. She and others including Maryam Qajar Azdanlou (now Rajavi) began actively recruiting female students. After Rajavi fled Iran to live in France in 1981 he left Ashraf and their one-year-old son in Iran. Ashraf was killed by government forces alongside Mousa Khiabani – MEK commander inside Iran – and other team members in a safe house in Tehran the following year.

++ Italian website Gli Occhi Della Guerra (Il Giornale) published a points of view piece by Giovanni Giacalone about the MEK in Albania. The piece exposes the MEK’s illegal activities in Albania, quoting investigative journalist Gjergj Thanasi who says he discovered an NGO called F.A.R.A. had applied for a construction permit in Manez for ‘a residential complex and services for the Iranian community in Albania’. “At that point I investigated this F.A.R.A which, strangely and contrary to Albanian law, was not registered with the Tax Office and did not even have a VAT number, which is prohibited in Albania. I then continued the investigation at the town planning office of the town of Durres (which I know very well having lived here for 52 years). There they showed me a written request from F.A.R.A. in which permission was requested for the development of a construction site (fence, water connections, electricity, containers, etc.) and it emerged that the Council had not issued any permit. The letter of request did not have a header, there was no address or telephone number.
“At this point I went to Manez (in the first week of November 2017) to see what was happening and found myself in front of a finished fence, an already installed electricity grid, and some trenches already under construction for the water network. There was also a container with offices inside the fence. Around the site there were also three guards and officers in the uniform of the State Police.”
Warning that the MEK “shares with the Wahhabi and Salafi groups the fight against Shiite enemies (primarily Iran)”, Giacalone’s piece concludes, “The presence of the MEK in Albania does nothing but further aggravate the delicate situation in the Balkans where other jihadist and Islamist groups are already present in force. It seems that the western Balkans area is becoming a logistics and transit zone in support of war policies in the Middle East.”

++ Families signing themselves as ‘parents from Nejat Society Markazi branch’ wrote an open letter to Albania’s foreign minister, Ditmir Bushati. Describing the struggles and suffering they underwent trying to visit their loved ones in Iraq, they ask for Bushati’s help in visiting Albania to meet with their offspring there as they are concerned about conditions of modern slavery there.

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http://iran-interlink.org/wordpress/?p=9291

UK MPs attended rally for Iranian group whose leader is still banned by London (MEK, Maryam Rajavi Cult) 

David_Amess_Maryam_Rajavi_Cult_MEK_Mojahedin_Khalq_Saddam_TerrorismJo Lo, Middle East Eye, January 31 2018:… Speaking to MEE, Iranian analyst Mahan Abedin said: “If UK parliamentarians are supporting them with a view to pushing for change inside Iran or supporting the protesters then this may not be the right way to go about it because this group has no traction. It’s universally reviled. “One reason it’s so reviled is because memories are very long. They were blatantly fighting on the Iraqi side in the Iran-Iraq war.”

David_Amess_Maryam_Rajavi_Cult_MEK_Mojahedin_Khalq_Saddam_TerrorismDavid Amiss, British MP, promoting terrorists Mojahedin Khalq Organisation (Saddam’s Private Army) 

لرد کارلایل سر لابی جدید مجاهدین خلق در پارلمان انگلستانParliamentarians (Lord Carlile and others) lose Maryam Rajavi court battle

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UK MPs attended rally for Iranian group whose leader is still banned by London

The group was delisted as terrorist organisation in 2008 – but some analysts say it still operates as a cult

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زهره قائمی فرمانده ترور صیاد شیرازیProtests in Iran were also manipulated by Mojahedin Khalq (MEK, MKO, Rajavi cult) in Albania

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http://iran-interlink.org/wordpress/?p=7979

House debate contaminated by Maryam Rajavi lobbyist Lord Alton (Open letter to Baroness Afshar)

Anne Khodabandeh (Singleton) 2016Anne Khodabandeh (Singleton), Open Minds, December 12 2016:… As a Farsi speaker I am sure you will understand when I describe Lord Alton’s contribution as throwing a mouse in the stew (moosh andakhtane Lord Alton dar dige hoghoogh bashar); he ruined it for everyone. Rather than enjoying a free and productive discussion about human rights in Iran, the whole debate was contaminated by Lord Alton’s … 

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House debate contaminated by Maryam Rajavi lobbyist Lord Alton (Open letter to Baroness Afshar)

Dear Lady Afshar,

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Baroness Afshar

We are fortunate in the UK to have in the House of Lords an Iranian woman with your distinguished past as Professor of Politics at York University and as a highly-respected advocate for Iranian and Muslim women’s rights.

The House of Lords debate you called on December 8 was most welcome and timely. Your call to exert diplomatic pressure on Iran over its failure to administer true justice to its citizens and its mistreatment of named individuals was an admirable example of ‘speaking truth to power’.

“Having spoken truth to power all my life, I find that in this country I am invited to apply to join your Lordships’ House. I fear that in my own birthplace I would be put in prison and maybe the UK Government would not be able to help.”

Surely then you were as dismayed and frustrated as myself and many others that Lord Alton brushed aside your “deep personal experiences and knowledge of Iran” to opportunistically launch into his stock speech in support of the notorious National Council of Resistance of Iran (aka MEK, MKO, PMOI, Rajavi cult) and its leader Maryam Rajavi. To say this was an unwanted and irrelevant intervention is an understatement. Indeed, when he referred to Maryam Rajavi’s (fictitious) “commitment to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and to other international instruments”, I was deeply dismayed.

Over decades, report after report by human rights bodies including various offices of the United Nations, Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International have charted the appalling violation of every single article of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights by Maryam Rajavi and her late husband in relation to their own followers. Surely it is common knowledge – at least among Iranians – that members of the MEK are held in a state of modern slavery and subjected to bizarre cultic abuses.

As a Farsi speaker I am sure you will understand when I describe Lord Alton’s contribution as throwing a mouse in the stew (moosh andakhtane Lord Alton dar dige hoghoogh bashar); he ruined it for everyone.

Rather than enjoying a free and productive discussion about human rights in Iran, the whole debate was contaminated by Lord Alton’s unwarranted support for a terrorist group which is known far and wide for its war crimes and crimes against humanity. We cannot now expect Iran not to take advantage of this speech and denounce the UK for double standards and supporting a terrorist group.

Some in the west perhaps forget that the Iranian establishment controls the narrative on the MEK in Iran and not Maryam Rajavi, and that it has lost no opportunity in the past to bring victims of MEK bombings as well as former members to the screen to testify to the MEK’s (irrefutable) acts of terrorism, treachery and human rights abuses.

As a result of its bloody and treacherous past the MEK is reviled both inside and outside Iran. I would challenge anyone to find an Iranian who has not been paid or brainwashed by the MEK who would advocate for the group. What possible motive could Lord Alton have to support this group for three decades in full knowledge of their past and current human rights abuses? What possible benefit could be brought to the debate on human rights in Iran by such support?

As a respected member of the House and an Iranian woman who for decades has advocated for women and human rights you know that this directly damages every effort by activists and protestors inside and outside Iran to democratically challenge and change their government’s suppressive, discriminatory and harmful policies. Support for Maryam Rajavi and the MEK plays directly into the hands of the hardliners who like nothing better than to point to UK support for MEK terrorism to justify their continued crackdown on civil protest.

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Comrades in Arms – Sexual abuse by Massoud and Maryam Rajavi
https://youtu.be/jpDUMaIntS8

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Anne Khodabandeh (Singleton Baghdad university)Anne Khodabandeh (Singleton), University of Baghdad:
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Anne Khodabandeh (Singleton) and Nasrin Ebrahimi, European Parlaiment:Anne Khodabandeh (Singleton) and Nasrin Ebrahimi, European Parlaiment:
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Anne Singleton from Iran-Interlink visits Camp New Iraq (Formerly Ashraf) in wake of violence by loyalists of the Rajavi cultAnne Singleton from Iran-Interlink
visits Camp New Iraq (Formerly Ashraf)
in wake of violence by loyalists of the Rajavi cult

‘No Exit’ – Human Rights Abuses Inside the Mojahedin Khalq Camps – Human Rights Watch, May 2005

Document on Mojahedin Khalq released by RAND (The Mujahedin-e Khalq in Iraq, A Policy Conundrum)

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Eight years after delisting, the UK still doesn’t trust the MKO (Mujahedin Khalq, Rajavi cult) 

Maryam Rajavi Saddam's private army NCRIMazda Parsi, Nejat Society, May 12 2016:… The U.S. has assisted Albania in its efforts to resettle the residents of Camp Liberty in Albanian capital, Tirana. The US government has not admitted to receive the MKO members in its territory but it has donated $20 million to the U.N. refugee agency to help resettle the MKO, according to the State Department official. Besides, the U.S. has also provided Albania with security and economic development assistance, to help … 

لرد کارلایل سر لابی جدید مجاهدین خلق در پارلمان انگلستانParliamentarians (Lord Carlile and others) lose Maryam Rajavi court battle for Visa

Mojahedin Khalq (MKO, MEK, Rajavi cult) leaders liable for members’ killings in Iraq

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Eight years after delisting, the UK still doesn’t trust the MKO (Mujahedin Khalq, Rajavi cult)

Eight years ago, on May 7th, Britain’s court of appeal ordered the removal of the Mujahedin Khalq Organization (the MKO) from the list of terrorist entities under the British law. At the time the group’s propaganda media claimed that it won an important victory being hopeful that the court victory in Britain would lead to the group’s legalization in Europe as well, potentially allowing it more freedom to organize and raise money across the continent, according to the Associated Press.

Therefore, the group’s supporters celebrated the alleged victory in their Paris based headquarters. They saw the ruling as an opening for the isolated and controlled situation they had been kept in following the arrest of their co-leader Maryam Rajavi and a number of other members of the group, in June 2003.

It was exactly the same time that the leader of the cult-like MKO Massoud Rajavi was disappeared. He has been in hiding for thirteen years now. Given that he is alive, he still does not dare to get out of his safe shelter because he knows well that the free world is not a safe place for him and his partners in his cult of personality.

As a matter of fact, the world made it clear that it does not want a destructive cult with a dark history of violence and human rights abuse. Particularly in case of the UK, it was revealed in a WikiLeaks document that was published by the Telegraph on February 4th, 2011. The document says:

“The UK Court of Appeals ruled May 7 unambiguously in favor of the Iran oppositionist group Mujahadeen e Khalq (MEK, aka MKO aka NCRI) on its long-standing petition to be de-listed as a terrorist group under UK domestic law (ref). The UK Government, which had fought the MEK’s petition from the trial level up, told Embassy it has no further legal or political recourse and must comply with the ruling; the MEK will be de-listed and its assets unfrozen sometime within the next six weeks. Official British focus has shifted to making clear that, despite the ruling, HMG will have no contact or dealings with the MEK, and to reassuring the Iranian government that the HMG continues to view the MEK as a non-credible group.”

The MKO has been a non-credible group since it has been in exile in the early 1980s. that’s why the UK government (HMG) states that it” would comply with the court’s order but would have no contact with the MEK”. The evidence is the group’s current situation in Iraq. The Iraqi government urges on the expulsion of the group from its territory and the European states including Britain do not accept to receive the MKO members in their soil except Albania which is one of the poorest countries of the eastern bloc.

The Albanian state admitted to host about 1,000 members of the MKO, over the past two years. The U.S. has assisted Albania in its efforts to resettle the residents of Camp Liberty in Albanian capital, Tirana. The US government has not admitted to receive the MKO members in its territory but it has donated $20 million to the U.N. refugee agency to help resettle the MKO, according to the State Department official. Besides, the U.S. has also provided Albania with security and economic development assistance, to help the country build up its physical capacity to house the refugees. So, the Albanian government sounds to be forced to host the destructive cult of Rajavi in its soil.

Evidently, the MKO is not welcome in Europe.

Mazda Parsi

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British MPs consider Mojahein Khalq (MKO, MEK, Rajavi cult) terrorist 

Nejat Bloggers, January 11 2014: … The UK delegation also visited a number of families of terror victims killed by terrorist groups, such as Mujahedin khalq on Thursday. The son of one of the victims of the MKO asked the UK officials to return the MKO to the list of terrorist groups. Families of assassinated nuclear scientists asked the British MPs to tie bans on trafficking of the MKO terrorists …

(Rajavi cult or MKO aslo known as Saddam’s Private Army)

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British MPs consider Mojahein Khalq (MKO, MEK, Rajavi cult) terrorist

Former British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw, who was heading a parliamentary delegation during a three-day visit to Iran, had a press conference in the Iranian capital on Wednesday, January 8.Jack Straw confirmed that the UK government condemned any form of terrorism

To answer a question on the support for the Mujahedin Khalq Organization (the MKO) and its terror acts by the British Government, Jack Straw said that when in 2009 he was the UK Justice Minister, he passed legislation based on which the MKO was outlawed in Britain and was considered a terrorist entity.

”The MKO is a terrorist organization”, he added. After the MKO was listed as a terrorist group in 2009, the group petitioned its case to the appeal court and ultimately the court ordered its delisting.

The UK delegation also visited a number of families of terror victims killed by terrorist groups, such as Mujahedin khalq on Thursday. The son of one of the victims of the MKO asked the UK officials to return the MKO to the list of terrorist groups.

Families of assassinated nuclear scientists asked the British MPs to tie bans on trafficking of the MKO terrorists in Europe.

Jack Straw confirmed that the UK government condemned any form of terrorism. “The British government has condemned the assassination of the Iranian nuclear scientists”, he said.

Ben wallace another member of the UK parliamentarian delegation spoke of the probability of relisting of the MKO as a terror group.

The Britain-Iran Parliamentary Friendship Group seeks better relations with Iran. The delegates met with counterparts from the Iranian Majlis.

 

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