Albanian Police MEK Statement Ordered by Washington

Albanian Police MEK Statement Ordered by Washington

Albanian Police MEK Statement Ordered by WashingtonExit, Albania, October 24 2019:… In a statement today, the Albanian State Police and the Anti-Terrorism Directorate claim to have uncovered a “terrorist network directed by the Iranian regime” in Albania. The network allegedly consists of 4 Iranian citizens forming an “active terrorist cell of an external operations unit of the Iranian Quds Forces, which are part of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard.” No arrests have been made, and it is unclear whether international arrest warrants have been issued.  Albanian Police MEK Statement Ordered by Washington 

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Albanian Police MEK Statement Ordered by Washington

Albanian State Police Parrots US: MEK Considered ‘Iranian Opposition Movement’

by : Vincent W.J. van Gerven Oei

The MEK compound Ashraf-3 near Manza, Albania.The MEK compound Ashraf-3 near Manza, Albania.

In a statement today, the Albanian State Police and the Anti-Terrorism Directorate claim to have uncovered a “terrorist network directed by the Iranian regime” in Albania. The network allegedly consists of 4 Iranian citizens forming an “active terrorist cell of an external operations unit of the Iranian Quds Forces, which are part of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard.” No arrests have been made, and it is unclear whether international arrest warrants have been issued.

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In a response, former opposition MP Edi Paloka claimed that the sudden declaration was an attempt of the Rama government to deviate attention from the failure to open EU accession negotiations.

This is not the first time the Rama government has uncovered Iranian “terrorist” plots. In December 2018, the Albanian government expelled two Iranian diplomats from Albania, including the Iranian Ambassador for reasons of “damaging its national security.” The alleged reason was a planned attack on an Albania–Israel football match. The expulsion was publicly praised by US President Donald Trump and Saudi Arabia.

Albanian Police MEK Statement Ordered by Washington

According to the police declaration of today, the uncovered terrorist cell is

responsible, among others, for the March 2018 plan to commit a terrorist act during the celebration of Novruz, frequented by high-level members of the Iranian opposition organization Mojahedin-e-Khalq (MEK).

In an interview, Baba Edmond Brahimaj confirmed that two persons had tried to enter the World Headquarters (Kryegjyshata) of the Bektashi Order during Novruz 2018. It is unclear whether the two persons who were arrested back then and released because of lack of evidence are among the four suspects mentioned today in the police statement.

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By referring to the MEK as an “Iranian opposition organization” and an “Iranian opposition movement,” the Albanian State Police echoes the public statements of Prime Minister Edi Rama during his recent speech at the UN’s General Assembly:

Albania is especially worried by the destabilizing behavior of Iran in the Middle East, but also its activities that cause problems with regard to the Iranian opposition, the community of the Iranian opposition, which we have welcome with generosity in our country after extraordinary massacres, which they have been subjected to in other countries. We had to react to several illegal activities of Iran and security interests […].

The reference “Iranian opposition movement” is a recent change in the government’s language. When the great majority of the MEK members were transferred to Albania from a refugee camp in Iraq in 2016, Prime Minister Rama made no mention of the political context, but instead referred to the operation as “humanitarian” in a letter to Parliament:

Each member of the MEK organization who arrived in Albania has a residency permit and healthcare card. Each of the persons who arrived so far in our country has been accepted on a humanitarian basis and will be treated according to the legal framework in force. […]

So far, none of the citizens who are member of MEK has applied for Albanian citizenship. I want to inform you that the Albanian government has taken all necessary measures, in close cooperation with our foreign partners, to be apt at dealing with this important humanitarian operation.

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There is no mention in the letter of the political activities that the MEK would be allowed to develop once inside their Albania compound in Manza, near Tirana. Indeed, the designation “Iranian opposition” appears to derive directly from the US government; the EU, for example, does not refer to the MEK as “Iranian opposition.” Under the Trump presidency, the MEK has become a centerpiece of US Iran policy, with countless US officials making the trip to Albania to meet MEK leader Maryam Rajavi. This includes personal Trump lawyer Rudi Giuliani (eyewitness report of his speech here), former advisor Newt Gingrich, as well as former FBI director Louis J. Freeh, late US Senator John McCain, and a delegation of US Senators Thom Tillis, Roy Blunt, and John Cornyn.

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By designating the MEK as “Iranian opposition,” the US government attempts to pave the way to a possible regime change in Iran in which the MEK would play a possible role. Since Trump’s election, Maryam Rajavi has publicly called for an “uprising” in Iran.

In return, the Iranian government has accused the Albanian government of hosting “terrorists,” while there have been reports of human rights abuses in the Albanian MEK camp.

Albanian Police MEK Statement Ordered by Washington

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MEK Terrorists in Albania Complicating Edi Rama’s EU Accession Talks

MEK Terrorists Iraq Albania Edi Rama Saddam HussainReza Alghurabi, American Herald Tribune, July 21 2019:… Listed for 17 years as a terrorist organization in the United States and the European Union, with various reports published about its violations of Human Rights and acts of violence and terror, the MEK enjoyed a significant increase in its activities during the first term of Prime Minister Edi Rama’s cabinet . The presence of the Mujahedin-e Khalq organization (MEK, a.k.a MKO, NCRI, PMOI), an exile Iranian group perceived by many experts as a terrorist cult, in a base around Tirana could also make Albania’s situation more complicated in its EU accession talks . MEK Terrorists in Albania Complicating Edi Rama’s EU Accession Talks .

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MEK Terrorists in Albania Complicating Edi Rama’s EU Accession Talks

Terrorism and Corruption: Albania’s Issues with EU Accession

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Albania has been longing for joining the European Union for years, but the tiny Balkan nation still faces major challenges to its hopes of joining the bloc.

Extensive economic and administrative reforms, noninterference in the judicial procedures by the government, Election transparency and combating corruption are among Brussels’s top demands from Albania before its annexation to the EU.

However, corrupt political leaders and their alleged links to organized crime which have triggered protests by people from time to time, have played a key role in turning Albania’s wish for joining the EU into an unrealized dream.

For instance, German tabloid “BILD” leaked six wiretapped conversations in June indicating collusion between Socialist Party officials and members of a notorious criminal organization regarding coercing voters in the upcoming election.

The controversial audio file has sparked rage among the opposition parties leading to calls for Prime Minister Edi Rama’s resignation and an earlier general election. Albania’s opposition parties have accused the governing party of corruption and of doctoring the results of the 2017 parliamentary election. Leader of the opposition party, Lulzim Basha, accused the Socialists of coming into power “through the votes of the crime and the mafia.” Basha’s Democratic Party relinquished their seats in Parliament in protest, and declared a boycott of the June 30 vote.

The presence of the Mujahedin-e Khalq organization (MEK, a.k.a MKO, NCRI, PMOI), an exile Iranian group perceived by many experts as a terrorist cult, in a base around Tirana could also make Albania’s situation more complicated in its EU accession talks. The MEK was relocated to Albania under the U.S. pressure after no other countries took the group in following its expulsion from Iraq.

Listed for 17 years as a terrorist organization in the United States and the European Union, with various reports published about its violations of Human Rights and acts of violence and terror, the MEK enjoyed a significant increase in its activities during the first term of Prime Minister Edi Rama’s cabinet

Listed for 17 years as a terrorist organization in the United States and the European Union, with various reports published about its violations of Human Rights and acts of violence and terror, the MEK enjoyed a significant increase in its activities during the first term of Prime Minister Edi Rama’s cabinet. Despite he was expected to limit MEK’s activities to its bases in Tirana, Edi Rama allowed the group to act freely in Albania and provided it with a huge land in Durres to construct its fortified headquarters.

MEK’s generous donations to the Albanian Police, journalists and political figures have been regularly reported by the local media. Making a name for itself in the government of Edi Rama, the MEK has been able to pay a number of Albanian political figures and Parliament members to advocate for the group in its events.

A recent tweet from PM Edi Rama in which he blames Iran for fueling tensions in the Middle East, indicating his support for Iran’s adversaries including Saudi Arabia, the UAE and the U.S., resembles MEK’s stance against Iran. Considering these facts, MEK’s aids to Rama against his political opponents must be thoroughly investigated ahead of the upcoming election in Albania.

Albania should have understood in the first place why no other countries, including MEK’s top sponsor, the United States, agreed to allow the group into their soil after its relocation from Iraq. Wherever it has been, the MEK has been involved in conducting illegal activities and sabotage acts. The group’s dark past and a long list of its misconducts including violating the human rights of hundreds of its members in Albania, could cause many troubles for Tirana in the near future.

After 5 years of residence in Albania, the MEK has now become a part of the corruption process in this country and a link to its corrupted authorities. It is not unlikely at all to see MEK promote the ruling party, with which it shares common thoughts and interests, in the upcoming Albanian election. The experiences of MEK’s numerous overt and covert interventions in the Iraqi Parliamentary elections in favor of specific people through spending huge sums of money, could easily repeat in Albania and mark a more controversial situation than the 2017 Parliamentary election in Albania.

Finally, it is the Albanian people who will be the true victims of their government’s friendly policies towards the infamous MEK which has been known as a terrorist group for a long time; The policies that could negatively impact Albania’s already complicated accession negotiations with the EU.

Reza Alghurabi is an Arab journalist who lives in Iran. He is a former researcher at the Beirut Center for Middle East Studies and an independent researcher and journalist writing in Iranian newspapers including the Khorasan daily.

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MEK Terrorists in Albania Complicating Edi Rama’s EU Accession Talks

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