Nejat Society, May 22 2021:… But this time, if the leaders of the organization are forced to relocate, it can be said with certainty that they will sign the decree of the complete collapse of their organization, because the experience of the other members will not allow them to once again decipher, deceive and resort to another grouping. This time we have to wait for the defection of the majority of the rank and file of the group in Albania, which means the loss of about two thousand forces of the cult of Rajavi. MEK in Albania , will it repeat the fate in Iraq ?
MEK in Albania , will it repeat the fate in Iraq ?
When the Mujahedin Khalq Organization (the MKO/ MEK/ PMOI/ Cult of Rajavi) was first relocated in Albanian territory in 2013, public opinion was instigated about the group. Rajavi’s cult was perhaps the first organization that had entered the country as a refugee, and was able to take up a place for the deployment of its members, from the very beginning. They had some special issues unrelated to normal refugees such as restrictions on cross-party visits to the city, restrictions on contacts with people outside their camps, uniformed clothing, the absence of any children among 2,000 men and women and etc…
By passing time, a number of members of the group left the group. The number of defectors has mounted to over 500 to this date. The disclosures on the human rights abuses inside the MEK that were made by former members and the fact that the group was listed as a terrorist organization by the European Union and the US Department of State, were was the reasons of the Albanian people’s cautiousness towards the Cult of Rajavi.
Besides, Americans’ support for the relocation of MEK members and the pressure on the Albanian government to receive members of the group, ultimately raised questions for the people of the country. Questions that were drawn to reports in Albanian newspapers and Internet websites, such as why these people were expelled from Iraq? Why does America act as a supporter of this group to resettle them? And if this group claims to fight against the Iranian regime, why they will not continue this fight in their country or around the Iranian borders?
The clashes of members of the MEK with defectors in the streets and daily news of the death of members of the group in the so-called Camp Ashraf three, increased the sense of danger regarding the group’s presence for the people Albania.
With the rise in the demands and questions by the people, which pushed the Albanian government to respond especially to the media, the group’s leaders began to take actions to reduce the concerns. These actions began with news and articles published in some Albanian media. Also, the group’s plans for communicating with Albanian people included the invitation of journalists and groups to have limited and controlled visit of their camp, free medical services to neighbors of the camp in Manez and providing a small financial assistance for certain people. This, of-course added other questions to the previous questions: What such refugee groups have such facilities or why and how do they provide such services?!
Under the orders of the leaders of the MEK, there were other activities to reduce the complication of the agenda, including the teaching of Albanian language to some members of the group in order to connect with people in the society as a direct advertising space to show off the group as an innocent entity to Albanian people.
However, with all the efforts of the MEK –which was like an operation for the group in Albania– a sense of distrust and danger was left for the people of this country about the presence of this formerly designated terrorist group with a dark background of terrorist acts and cult-like violence cult. They began to express concern at the stage of political demands to the Albanian government. In fact, today, the request for the expulsion of the members of the Cult of Rajavi from the country, along with demands such as political, economic and social problems of the people, are demanded from the government and the parliament of Albania.
In another words, the same fate that a decade after the collapse of Saddam Hussein happened to the MEK in Iraq, is waiting the group in Albania. The experience has shown that the awareness of people and then their demands to expel this intruder from their soil, as it happened in Iraq, will leave no other way for the Albanian government than the expulsion of the MEK
But this time, if the leaders of the organization are forced to relocate, it can be said with certainty that they will sign the decree of the complete collapse of their organization, because the experience of the other members will not allow them to once again decipher, deceive and resort to another grouping. This time we have to wait for the defection of the majority of the rank and file of the group in Albania, which means the loss of about two thousand forces of the cult of Rajavi.
MEK in Albania, will it repeat the fate in Iraq ?
Rajavi To Assassinate Witnesses From Albania
Massoud Khodabandeh, Iran Interlink, March 17 2021:… Rajavi announces from Albanian: I call on all my compatriots to provide the names and addresses of intelligence agents, mercenaries, secret servicemen, executioners, judicial operatives, the Basij elements, and the IRGC to the insurgent centers for the great day of justice and law. During the anti-monarchy revolution and at the beginning of Khomeini’s betrayal and crime, revolutionary insurgents shouted: May our people’s weapons target the chests of traitors. Rajavi To Assassinate Witnesses From Albania
Rajavi To Assassinate Witnesses From Albania
An Iranian judicial inquiry into allegations of human rights abuses by Massoud and Maryam Rajavi and 40 other named senior members of the organisation by 42 former members of the Mojahedin-e Khalq (MEK), prompted an aggressive reaction from Massoud Rajavi. The Presiding Judge in the hearing contacted the Judiciary of Albania and France to arrange for notifications and documents to be forwarded to them and they have been invited to introduce representatives of the 40 accused where they live in their defence. Massoud Rajavi’s wife Maryam Rajavi, the de facto leader of the MEK, and the majority of MEK members are based in Albania, while the former HQ in Paris is still active.
The MEK reaction came in the form of an audio statement by Massoud Rajavi [the translated transcript is reproduced below]. According to the recording, Massoud Rajavi’s voice has not changed in two decades while he has been in hiding, presumed dead. He is now aged over 70. Photographs show him as a younger man.
Rajavi begins his statement by challenging Iran’s leaders Khamenei, Rouhani and [Ebrahim] Raisi to join him in an international court. Rajavi then repeats some of the allegations made against the MEK over its history. All of which have been documented. It reads as a list of crimes which have caught up with Maryam Rajavi and which he is furious about having been exposed. One particular issue that clearly stings him is the revelation that while he was in Iraq, Saudi Arabia paid Rajavi in suitcases of gold.
Rajavi’s challenge to Iran’s leaders to meet him in court is hollow and laughable. In fact, throughout the history of his leadership. Rajavi has done everything possible to avoid any legal action. As well as being unable to answer to human rights organisations such as Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch, Rajavi has evaded both legal enquiry and prosecution. Much of this has been achieved by diversions and distractions.
– In 1987, France expelled 17 MEK members to Gabon. Rajavi ordered his followers to undertake hunger strikes throughout western Europe forcing the French government to return them to Paris.
– In 2003, Maryam Rajavi and other leading members were arrested at the MEK HQ in Paris on terrorism charges. Rajavi ordered self-immolations to protest her arrest. Three members died, other members suffered severe burns, with some suffering life-changing injuries.
– In 2011, in post-Saddam Iraq, an inquiry was held into how the MEK acquired land for their camp. Farmers in the adjacent village said Saddam Hussein had confiscated their land and gifted it to the MEK. The MEK refused to engage in a legal inquiry. Instead, Rajavi sent tens of unarmed rank and file members to aggressively confront Iraqi security forces. Several MEK members died and many were injured in the incident, including 5 Iraqi security forces.
– In 2013, 52 MEK members died in an attack by unidentified assailants on Camp Ashraf. There were, at that time, only 100 members guarding the evacuated camp. The majority of members had been relocated to a new camp near Baghdad. It was later discovered that all those who died had incriminating information about Massoud and Maryam Rajavi. A 53rd victim was a former member who had been kidnapped and taken to the camp.
– Also in Baghdad, the Iraqi judiciary summoned leading members of the MEK to court accused of war crimes and crimes against humanity. They were smuggled to Albania to evade arrest.
– In Albania, a leading MEK member Behzad Saffari accused, in print, investigative journalist Gjergji Thanasi of being ‘an infamous spy of Iran’ an ‘officer of the mullah’s secret service’. Thanasi sued for defamation in August 2019. Two years later, the court case has stalled. Saffari has gone into hiding, his whereabouts is unknown, while lawyers for Saffari waste time and obfuscate. At one time, for example, Saffari’s legal team claimed he needed an English translator in court, in spite of the fact he was studying dentistry in the UK when he joined MEK and has acted as one of their main English language spokespersons throughout the past thirty years.
– Another way the MEK evades investigation and legal prosecution has been the elimination of former members of the organisation who have acted as critics and opponents. Several high profile MEK members have died in recent years under suspicious circumstances. One member Massoud Keshmiri was last seen with the MEK in Germany before disappearing. He has not been seen since. Last month former MEK member Hadi Sani Khani was trafficked by MEK from Albania to Paris. He also has not been seen since. Maryam Rajavi claims she doesn’t know where Hadi is, but Massoud Rajavi’s message makes it clear that this “former colleague of the Ministry of Intelligence in Albania” told them he was paid $500 by Iran. Yet, they don’t know what happened to him after he arrived in Paris.
It is significant that Rajavi’s audio message has not been in English, only in Farsi. It has been posted on some MEK sites but repetition and amplification of the message has been on sites specifically created for attacking former members; specifically Efshagari. This means they don’t want their own English-speaking supporters to see this.
It is also significant that Rajavi’s message is broadcast from Albania. It also carries the logo of the National Liberation Army of Iran (NLA) – the MEK’s military wing – aka Saddam’s Private Army. Rajavi still clings to this logo to pretend to his followers that they are still an army. Meanwhile, last week, an Albanian diplomat in Geneva claimed his country is fighting terrorism and that the MEK is not a terrorist organisation. Does the label ‘foreign paramilitary group trained by Saddam Hussein’s Republican Guard’ have a better ring to it for the Albanian government?
From Albania, Massoud Rajavi orders his followers to give the names and addresses of former members and critics to what he calls Resistance Cells (or terror cells), i.e., MEK members. The threat is clear. He wants to kill these people too. He is warning former MEK members, ‘if you expose me, I will kill you; especially if any want to pursue legal action’. This statement was not issued from Iraq or elsewhere, it came from Albania and is being celebrated by Maryam Rajavi and the members there. The Albanian government is responsible for the actions of Maryam Rajavi in that country. Now that there is a direct threat to the lives of those former members that MEK haven’t yet killed, Albania must take responsibility for their safety.
Rajavi’s challenge to Iran’s leaders is a deflection. This is not about Iran. He is not threatening those Iranians who are giving evidence in Tehran. If Rajavi was able to act inside Iran, he would have killed them and talked about it afterwards. But Rajavi has no power in Iran. He does, however, have power in Albania; he is backed by the US, EU, and UK. Rajavi’s claims of CIA support have not been disproved or disavowed by the US. It was the US embassy in Tirana which in 2017 halted the de-radicalization program planned by the Obama administration. We wrote in January that a quick and effective policy win on Iran for President Joe Biden would be to reinstate that plan and rid the US, Albania, the EU and the Iranian people of this toxic group. This statement reflects what happens when governments fail to curtail the MEK. It a matter of time before the MEK manages to kill again, simply because they can.
Translated transcript of Massoud Rajavi’s audio message:
Massoud Rajavi – Invitation to Khamenei, Rouhani and Raisi to Participate in an International Court of Justice – March 8, 2010
The curtains were drawn again. After the Antwerp trial and its historic verdict, the shop of the regime’s mercenaries abroad, who used to relay the mullah’s words line by line against the Mojahedin and the Iranian Resistance, has become so sluggish that the judiciary of the executioners itself has inevitably taken over the job.
In Ashraf, when 320 loudspeakers and 677 days of 24/7 garbage did not work, the head of executioners Qassem Soleimani replaced the so-called critics and ‘former members of the Mojahedin’. The revocation of citizenship and passports and the expulsion of mercenaries, which was the demand of the noble and free Iranian public, has shaken the limbs of agents and mercenaries so much that some employees of their own say that they have gone to lawyers to see the files of the case and its appendices and booklets to see if there is anything about them.
At the same time, a former colleague of the Ministry of Intelligence in Albania revealed that the ministry pays 500 euros a month to mercenaries for writing 12 articles against the Mojahedin, including: “Torture of dissidents, lack of freedom in Mojahedin relations, brainwashing, confession of sexual issues and moments, the severance of ties with the outside world, forced divorces, suspected killings within the Mojahedin, the killing of Kurds and Shiites in Iraq, taking of money from the United States, Israel and Saudi Arabia, and the fact that they took their nuclear information from Israel and they have no popular base or support in Iran”.
We have been well acquainted with the accusations of moral corruption, hypocrisy and espionage for the Soviet Union, the United States, Israel and Iraq since the time of the accursed Khomeini, and it is not new. What is new is the enemy’s helplessness in the face of resistance and the holding of sham exhibitions under the title of a court case, whose plaintiffs, witnesses, lawyers and judges are all its own tails. This is the rights and judiciary of the clerical government.
Once again, I call on Khamenei, Rouhani, and Raisi to come with us to an international tribunal if they dare. Bring those 17,000 killed who they give as the statistics, and those 17,000 killed who do not count in the Eternal Light operation in their statistics, and the next 17,000 who are going to be killed and brought up! This makes it clear that a great war has been going on in Iran for 40 years between the people and the Mojahedin-e Khalq organization (MEK, MKO) against the deceptive and anti-human regime.
In December 2007, we said: “The leaders of the clerical regime are turning their heels upside down for the fear of being summoned to international courts. One day they will write a warrant for us on Interpol forms! Every day, they sought our trial in Iraq, and from time to time in France, they commented on killing Sayad Shirazi and the announced operation of the Mojahedin Command Headquarters inside the country. They think that the Mojahedin are afraid of a trial. They are completely unaware of this fact and of this rule of law, that wherever there are drops of law and a speck of justice and fairness, and in any court where justice and the rule of law are relatively existent, the Mojahedin and the Iranian Resistance will undoubtedly win. I tell the mullahs and the Revolutionary Guards near and far that you have won in your plunder and trade, but we have won in our law and justice. To plunder the treasury of the Iranian nation and the oil and blood trade is your domain, and justice and the law is our territory. Now, this is the ball of game and this is the field. We also bring witnesses to the massacre of prisoners and the uprising of Aban, Sistan and Baluchestan, and witnesses to the ruined houses and the homeless.
I call on all my compatriots to provide the names and addresses of intelligence agents, mercenaries, secret servicemen, executioners, judicial operatives, the Basij elements, and the IRGC to the insurgent centers for the great day of justice and law. During the anti-monarchy revolution and at the beginning of Khomeini’s betrayal and crime, revolutionary insurgents shouted:
May our people’s weapons target the chests of traitors
Rajavi To Assassinate Witnesses From Albania
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MEK cult in Albania poses public health risk
Massoud Khodabandeh, Responsible Statecraft (First Published April 25 2020) :… The Albanian authorities, including the security services, do not have access to the camp. According to investigative journalist Gjergji Thanasi, who lives in Durres county near the MEK camp, the Health Ministry “deals with Camp Ashraf 3 as if it does not exist. There is not a single line in the Durres Municipality health officials’ paperwork written about the camp and its residents. No Albanian health official has ever entered the camp.” This means that no matter how hard epidemiologists may be working to trace the contacts of positive cases throughout the country, the MEK will not submit to allow Health Ministry staff inside the camp to test the individuals there. Thanasi goes on to explain, “the MEK have their own doctors, nurses, and dentists. When they have seriously ill patients, they hire private ambulances to transport them to a public hospital in Tirana.” MEK cult in Albania poses public health risk
MEK cult in Albania poses public health risk
With its small population of 2.8 million people, the Republic of Albania may appear to have a more manageable task (depending, of course, on the availability of health care resources) of testing and tracking contacts to halt the spread of the coronavirus, than countries with multiple millions of citizens living in large, sprawling cities and conurbations. But as Albania extends its lockdown to stop the spread of the coronavirus, the country faces a specific problem that some other countries also face — notably South Korea — the presence of a closed and secretive cult in the midst of the population.
Since its arrival in Albania in 2016, the Iranian Mojahedin-e Khalq (MEK), also known as the Rajavi cult after its leaders Massoud and Maryam Rajavi, the group has caused problems for the authorities and citizens of their host country. Exploiting the unresolved problems of crime, corruption, and a weak state dependent on American approval, the MEK has manipulated, bribed, and intimidated its way into the political, media, and criminal elements of Alabania. According to well-known historian Olsi Jazexhi, the MEK has even perverted Albania’s foreign policy making it a hub for anti-Iran activities and creating a security nightmare for Albania’s police and security services.
Now the group poses another risk to the country — a public health risk that cannot be assessed or managed.
In 2017, both tacit support from the Trump administration, and overt support from neoconservative personalities, enabled MEK leaders to evade a planned de-radicalization program and instead build a closed secure camp in Manez — a remote town in the county of Durres — to house up to 2,000 cult members. Camp Ashraf 3 — as it is known — is guarded by private armed security personnel as well as MEK officials; only invited persons are allowed entry. Before this mass incarceration, dozens of members took advantage of the move to Albania to separate from the group. They reported terrible human rights abuses and conditions of modern slavery in the MEK. Journalists were refused entry to the camp to interview members locked up there.
For the majority of MEK members then, a lockdown may seem irrelevant since they were already in forced isolation from the outside world, but for Albania, the existence of the group in the country poses a real dilemma.
Although most cult members will not emerge in public, the group relies on regular supplies from outside, particularly food and medicine, and those who emerge to procure these supplies are part of a greater chain of contacts that stretch all the way to Italy. Not only are MEK members who move around Albania unaccountable and untraced, the MEK is notorious for trafficking its own members past national borders.
The MEK’s leading members made frequent trips to Italy in the early months of this year, exposing them to COVID-19. In this respect, it is important to acknowledge that the MEK members are not all based in the closed camp. Last year, MEK leader Maryam Rajavi was forced to leave her base in France and set up her new headquarters in Albania. Many leading members live in the capital Tirana and occupy a variety of premises — from business offices to an entire floor of the International Hotel in Skanderbeg Square in Tirana. Where are those people now? What contact did they have between Italy and the residents of Camp Ashraf 3? Durres county is the epicenter of the current coronavirus epidemic in Albania. Have MEK members inside been infected?
We don’t know and we may never know. The Albanian authorities, including the security services, do not have access to the camp. According to investigative journalist Gjergji Thanasi, who lives in Durres county near the MEK camp, the Health Ministry “deals with Camp Ashraf 3 as if it does not exist. There is not a single line in the Durres Municipality health officials’ paperwork written about the camp and its residents. No Albanian health official has ever entered the camp.”
This means that no matter how hard epidemiologists may be working to trace the contacts of positive cases throughout the country, the MEK will not submit to allow Health Ministry staff inside the camp to test the individuals there. Thanasi goes on to explain, “the MEK have their own doctors, nurses, and dentists. When they have seriously ill patients, they hire private ambulances to transport them to a public hospital in Tirana.”
What is deeply concerning in this crisis, however, are the messages emerging from the camp and covertly passed to those who are concerned with their welfare. Over a thousand families of these disappeared MEK members, who have been trying for two decades to gain contact with their loved ones, say these messages are alarming. They say that the MEK leaders have blocked every form of access to medical care and hospital visits have been cancelled. They also report that some people have gone missing and nobody knows where they are. Everyone inside the camp is worried about the virus and that they are getting no help. They say there is a general sense of dread about the spread of COVID-19.
According to Thanasi, employees of Durres Municipality who engaged in disinfecting streets, squares, flea markets, and agriculture produce markets had contacted the MEK camp via the local Manez council officials offering to disinfect the camp. “We were thanked profusely before our offer was very politely turned down. The commanders at the camp insisted they had already thoroughly disinfected the camp”, Thanasi was told. The Municipal workers however added there was “no evidence this had been done.”
Outside the camp, local residents have observed the MEK’s efforts to deal with the crisis. Speaking to Thanasi, one resident said, at the camp entrance, Albanian armed security guards and MEK members have been observed wearing masks and gloves, “but those on duty at a second gate do not always use protective gear.”
It appears that in public, MEK personnel will wear the masks and gloves, but a group of MEK members who work in a small facility outside the camp fence opposite the main entrance generally do not wear protection. It could be that a shortage of PPE means the MEK has to adopt a public relations exercise to be seen to observe distancing, isolation and protective measures. More cynically, the patchy distribution of protective gear could be linked to a hierarchy of privilege.
Without official oversight, it is not known how many MEK members will contract the virus and how many will die as a result. What is known is that since arriving in Albania, dozens of MEK members have died — reportedly from old age and illness — yet their reported cause of death cannot be relied upon.
MEK leaders mostly refuse post-mortem examinations. The MEK leaders are just as unlikely to report incidences of COVID-19 infections and deaths. MEK members are especially susceptible to the ravages of this virus. Their average age is around 65, with some members in their seventies and eighties. Many members have underlying health issues, and weakness brought on by the decades of overwork and harsh living conditions endured in Iraq. Rajavi herself is so frightened of succumbing to the virus that back in March she had one of her parliamentary lobbyists raise the possibility of travelling to the UK where even as a visitor she could access world class medical facilities.
Clearly, even if the MEK does eventually allow sick members to be tested and gain access medical care, Albania is barely equipped to deal with a widespread outbreak of the coronavirus among the indigenous population. If this troublesome group consumes badly needed resources, the finger of blame will surely go to Albania’s corrupt politicians who allow this group to flout the country’s laws and national interests and pursue its own agenda. That finger of blame must as well point directly at the Trump administration too. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is happy to use MEK propaganda churned out by the troll farm in Camp Ashraf 3 by enslaved members to attack Iran and justify the continuation of extreme sanctions. What responsibility will he take for the health and wellbeing of these people and the people of Albania.
MEK cult in Albania poses public health risk
Rajavi To Assassinate Witnesses From Albania