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MKO committing rights violations: UN special envoy to Iraq

Press TV

Outgoing UN special envoy to Iraq Martin Kobler has slammed the leaders of the terrorist Mujahedin-e Khalq Organization (MKO) for human rights violations in Camp Hurriya in Iraq.

Addressing the UN Security Council On Tuesday, Kobler said, “Of increasing concern are the human rights abuses in Camp Hurriya itself by the camp leadership. Hundreds of daily monitoring reports suggest that the lives of Camp Hurriya (formerly known as Camp Liberty) members are tightly controlled.”

“A significant number of residents have reported to UN monitors that they are not free to leave the camp, to participate in the resettlement process offered by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), to contact family members outside Iraq or to have contact with other relatives even within the camp itself,” the UN special envoy to Iraq added.

The UN envoy added that some MKO members had complained about being deprived of medical treatment by the group’s leaders.

The MKO – listed as a terrorist organization by much of the international community – fled Iran in 1986 for Iraq, where it received the support of Iraq’s executed dictator Saddam Hussein, and set up a camp (Camp Ashraf) near the Iranian border.

In December 2011, the United Nations and Baghdad agreed to relocate some 3,000 MKO members from Camp New Iraq, formerly known as Camp Ashraf, in Diyala Province, to Camp Hurriya – a former US military base near Baghdad International Airport.

The UN seeks to relocate the MKO members to third countries as part of its agreement with Baghdad to facilitate the group’s complete exit from Iraq.

Kobler said in June that 71 members had been transferred to Albania, and Germany had also proposed to accept around 100 members.

The group is notorious for carrying out numerous terrorist acts against Iranian civilians and officials.

Tehran has repeatedly called on Baghdad to expel the terrorist group, but the US has been blocking the expulsion by pressuring the Iraqi government.

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In Iran court, Abtahi ‘disputes’ vote fraud claims and trials begin

{US policies towards Iran} by Amjad Rasmi-Middle East newspaper-London

{US policies towards Iran} by Amjad Rasmi-Middle East newspaper-London

The Israelis and the US admin. have been causing havoc and internal conflicts in several countries in the MiddleEast to weaken them before they either attack them or force conditions on them. Iran is no different but they were able to contain it before it got worse. To the Israelis and the US admin. no one that does such acts ever gets away with it, everything ends.

In Iran court, Abtahi ‘disputes’ vote fraud claims

Sat, 01 Aug 2009, Press TV

Reformist figure Mohammad-Ali Abtahi, accused of provoking and taking part in deadly riots after the recent presidential election in Iran, has reportedly testified that the vote was “clean”.

The first court session for opposition activists and protesters convened on Saturday in the Iranian capital Tehran with charges of rioting, threatening national security and conspiring against the ruling system being read against those in the dock.

A report by Fars News Agency claims that Abtahi, a former vice president under Mohammad Khatami, has testified before the court that allegations of fraud in the presidential election were “a lie”.

The election, in which President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was re-elected by a landslide, provoked days of unrest in the country with defeated candidate Mir-Hossein Mousavi and Mehdi Karroubi claiming that the vote had been subject to widespread “fraud”.

However, Abtahi echoed official counts that the election was healthy, the report said. The cleric, along with a number of well-known Reformist figures, has been in custody nearly since the outbreak of protests.

Guardian Council chief Ayatollah Ahmad Jannati said Friday that the election was the “healthiest” in the 30-year-old history of the Islamic Revolution.

Abtahi, according to the report, said Mousavi had proclaimed victory before the ballot boxes were counted by the Interior Ministry.

“Fraud did not exist in Iran (in 2005)… when the difference between Karroubi and Ahmadinejad was less than five hundred thousands (votes),” Abtahi was quoted by Fars News Agency as saying. “I am perplexed how the issue of fraud is discussed now that there is a 11-million discrepancy in the votes.”

“This is while those who did not believe 500 thousands was fraud today call 11 million discrepancies a fraud,” Abtahi said, according to the report.

He added that Mousavi was delusional to think a major election fraud had taken place, Fars News Agency reported.

According to the report, Abtahi went on to say that “fraud” was used as a “code word” to mobilize the people and encourage them to take to the streets.

“The practice of keeping the people in the streets under the slogan of fraud is something that could be considered acceptable,” Abtahi was quoted as saying.

Before Abtahi’s alleged testimonies, the court heard an indictment against the cleric as well as the former ministers, vice presidents and lawmakers who are on trial.

Under Iranian law, acting against national security can be punishable by the death penalty.

However, Fars News Agency claimed that if proven guilty, Abtahi could face a maximum of five years in prison.

In Iran trial, detainees linked to terrorist groups

Sat, 01 Aug 2009, Press TV

Iranian authorities have reportedly indicted some of the detainees of the post-election riots on charges of having links to terrorist groups and a slew of other illegal activities.

Trial proceedings began Saturday morning with Deputy Prosecutor-General of Tehran’s Revolution Court Abdolreza Mohebbati reading out an indictment against the detainees.

Mohammad Ali Abtahi, a close aide to former president Mohammad Khatami, and former deputy parliament speaker Behzad Nabavi are among the political figures in the dock.

The defendants are facing charges of acting against national security, disturbing public order, as well as having links with counter-revolutionary groups.

The following is excerpts of the indictment read out by Mohebbati:

“Reza Khademi, known by the nickname Habib, son of Abbas, is suspected of acting against national security by establishing links with the Monafeghin [the Mujahedeen-e Khalq Organization (MKO)].

The mentioned suspect left the country illegally, visited Camp Ashraf in Iraq, took part in various military training courses and returned to the country after gathering news and intelligence…

The suspect was arrested while throwing Molotov cocktails at members of the police force…

Naseh Faridi, son of Mohammad, contacted the MKO via telephone and Internet links and sent them photos, films and information after taking part in student and union gatherings…

He took part in illegal gatherings and riots in addition to gathering information, which he later sent to the MKO…

The named suspect was a member of Mr. [Mehdi] Karroubi’s election headquarters…

Ali-Reza Zamani, son of Mohammad-Reza, is another member of the abovementioned terrorist organization with a criminal record of fraud, forgery of stamps that belonged to the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC), the prosecutor’s office and the Judiciary.

The suspect traveled to Iraq from February 12-March 21, 2007 accompanied by Hamed Roohinejad and Ahmad Karimi, where he established an organized link with US and Israeli forces.

The suspects held numerous meetings with US officials in Dahook, Erbil, the Rabia regions bordering Syria and Sulaimaniyah, where they received funds and returned to Tehran to carry out their mission.

Key missions handed down to the suspect and his team included the assassination of an official in the city of Paveh, gathering intelligence on [voluntary] Basij forces, inciting labor gatherings, making bombs, identifying political and religious buildings for bombings, gathering intelligence on the structure of the IRGC, finding methods to smuggle weapons to the Iraqi Kurdistan, gathering intelligence on the Imam Hussein station, carrying out terrorist operations during the Eid al-Adha prayers in the Tehran’s grand Mosalla [prayer venue] and providing intelligence for several bombings carried out in religious centers between March 20-April 19, 2008…”

* Update:

Top Iran Reformist Tells Trial Ahmadinejad Win Was Clean

01/08/2009, al manar

Top Iranian reformist Sayyed Mohamad Ali Abtahi, accused of taking part in deadly riots after the June election, reportedly testified before a Tehran court on Saturday that President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s victory came after a clean vote.

In a blow to the so-called opposition movement which claims that his re-election as president was because of massive vote rigging, Sayyed Abtahi said there had been no fraud in the June 12 poll, the Fars news agency reported.

Abtahi, a close aide of reformist ex-president Mohammad Khatami, said the reformists and opposition leaders had also betrayed Iran’s all-powerful supreme leader Ayatollah Sayyed Ali Khamenei, the agency said. “The 10th (presidential) election was different and it took two or three years to work on it. I think reformists took action to sort of restrict the (supreme) leader,” Abtahi told a revolutionary court in which he and around 100 people face charges of rioting after the disputed poll.

“I say to all my friends and all friends who hear us, that the issue of fraud in Iran was a lie and was brought up to create riots so Iran becomes like Afghanistan and Iraq and suffers damage and hardship… and if this happened, there would be no name and trace of the revolution left.”

Abtahi said opposition leader Mir Hossein Mousavi, Khatami and powerful cleric and former president Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani had taken an “oath” not to abandon each other. “Mousavi probably did not know the country, but Khatami, with all due respect… knew all the issues. He was aware of the capability and power of the leader, but he joined Mousavi and this was a betrayal,” the cleric said, adding that Rafsanjani sought to avenge his 2005 presidential defeat to Ahmadinejad. “It was wrong of me to take part in the rallies, but Karroubi told me that we cannot call the people onto the streets with such a meager number of votes, so we had better go to the streets ourselves to demonstrate our protest,” he was quoted as saying.

Mehdi Karroubi, a reformist ex-parliament speaker, won just 333,635 votes or 0.85 percent in the presidential ballot. Abtahi was one of his advisers before the election. Mousavi and Karroubi are spearheading a massive anti-Ahmadinejad campaign in which their supporters have staged street protests over the President’s win.

Abtahi was among around 100 people, including other top reformists and aides to opposition leaders, facing charges on Saturday of rioting after the election. Media said the accused are accused of having “participated in riots, acting against national security, disturbing public order, vandalizing public and government property, having ties with counter-revolutionary groups and of planning to launch a velvet revolution.”

The defendants include Mohsen Aminzadeh and Mohsen Safai-Farahani, deputy ministers under the government of Khatami, and Mohsen Mirdamadi, current head of the Islamic Iran Participation Front. Prominent reformists Behzad Nabavi of the Islamic Republic Mujahedeen Organization and Mohammad Atrianfar of the Executives of Construction are also on trial.

Fars reported Abtahi, a cleric, as testifying that he “agreed” with the prosecution charges. “But I want to say something, about the velvet revolution part… I think the capacity for such a thing to happen exists in the country, but I don’t know if there was a real intention to do it.”

Fars said the accused, if proven guilty, could face a maximum jail term of five years, unless they are charged with being a “mohareb” or enemy of God, which can carry the death penalty.

‘Mousavi, Karroubi assassination plots foiled’

Sun, 19 Jul 2009 , Press TV

Iran’s security services have foiled an attempt by terrorists to assassinate defeated presidential candidates Mir-Hossein Mousavi and Mehdi Karroubi, a report says.

Jahan News quoted an unnamed source that five hit squads, had entered Iran as part of a concerted effort with the aim of assassinating the two opposition figures.

In the event, the report says, “with the vigilance of the intelligence and security bodies,” these plans were foiled when four of the hit-squads were arrested and one fled.

According to the report, the would-be assassins were from the terrorist Mojahedin-e Khalq Organization (MKO) and had entered the country from the southwestern province of Khuzestan, bordering Iraq and the Persian Gulf.

They were reported to have received training at the MKO-run Camp Ashraf in Iraq.

The main intention of the operation was to attribute the assassination of Mousavi and Karroubi to the Iranian government, the report added.

The report notes that in the run-up to the June 12 presidential election, “a number of anti-revolutionary groups had intended to carry out a similar plan by placing a bomb in the aircraft carrying [former President] Seyyed Mohammad Khatami, which was foiled by the flight security forces.”

Jahan News did not reveal the identities or genders of the terrorist detainees, or whether the assassination plan was foiled before or after the election.

The MKO, a terrorist group on the proscribed lists in Iran, Iraq, USA and Canada, was housed, funded and armed by the former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein in return for attacks against Iran.

US hawks want terrorists to take down Iran govt.

Imagine if anyone else makes such statements and the “world” outrage that follows. *rolls eyes*

Tue, 14 Jul 2009, Press TV

Two hard-line US lawmakers have called for greater efforts to topple the Tehran government, going as far as to suggest support for anti-Iran terrorist groups.

Democratic Representative and Chairman of the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee, Bob Filner called, on June 26, for greater support for what he called “resistance groups” in Iran, putting a special emphasis on the Mujahedin-e-Khalq Organization (MKO), UPI reported.

On Sunday, Former House Speaker and leading Republican hawk Newt Gingrich also called on the Obama administration to “sabotage” Iran’s oil and gas industry to trigger an economic crisis – which he claimed would bring down the Iranian government.

“[We] should use covert operations to create a gasoline-led crisis to try and replace the regime,” he was quoted by UPI as saying.

The idea of attacking Iran’s oil industry is not a new concept in US politics as many leading analysts and politicians have already explored its feasibility and effectiveness, but outward talk of support for a group that is listed as a terrorist organization in the United States is a rare move.

The MKO, listed as a terrorist group in Iran, Iraq, Canada, and the US, has claimed responsibility for bombings, killings and attacks against Iranian government officials and civilians over the past 30 years.

The attacks include the assassination of the late president Mohammad-Ali Rajaei, prime minister Mohammad-Javad Bahonar and judiciary chief Ayatollah Mohammad Beheshti.

The MKO is also known to have cooperated with former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hossein in suppressing the 1991 uprisings in southern Iraq and the massacre of Iraqi Kurds.

The organization is also notorious for using cult-like tactics against its own members and for torturing and murdering its defectors.

This is while a report by Investigative journalist Seymour Hersh has revealed that the US is already spending USD 400 million to fund covert operations inside Iran.

Other than the MKO, other terrorist groups, such as PJAK and Jundullah, are believed to be the beneficiaries of the US plan.

PJAK is an offshoot of the internationally-recognized terrorist group the Kurdistan Workers’ Party or PKK that carries out its deadly operations in Iran’s Western Kurdish populated regions.

A 2006 article published by The New Yorker suggested that the US military and Israel provide PJAK separatists with equipment, training and intelligence to destabilize Iran.

A 2007 Sunday Telegraph report revealed that the CIA had created Jundullah and provided it with ‘arms-length support’ and ‘money and weapons’ to achieve ‘regime change in Iran’.

Another report posted by ABC also revealed that US officials had ordered Jundullah to ‘stage deadly guerrilla raids inside the Islamic Republic, kidnap Iranian officials and execute them on camera’, all as part of a ‘programmatic objective to overthrow the Iranian government’.

Iran: Police ‘did not shoot’ street protestors

Mon, 22 Jun 2009, PressTV

Iranian security officials say they did not open fire on protestors during the post-election violence that killed over a dozen people in the country.

Tehran Police Chief Azizallah Rajabzadeh said Monday that his department had no role in the shoot-out that has become the focus of most media outlets in the West.

“Policemen are not authorized to use weapons against people,” said Rajabzadeh. “They are trained to only use anti-riot tools to keep the people out of harms way,” said Rajabzadeh.

Saturday saw some of the worst violence since the election after, according to officilas, some ‘terrorist elements’ infiltrated the rallies.

The insurgents set fire to a mosque, two gas stations and a military post in Western Tehran, leaving 13 people dead and 22 wounded.

Supporters of defeated candidate Mir-Hossein Mousavi have staged a torrent of rallies to protest the outcome of the June 12 elections — which saw incumbent President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad win by a landslide.

The rallies, which have been staged in defiance of a governmental warning, have provoked unprecedented mayhem in the country’s capital over the past nine days.

Nevertheless, security officials managed to restore security in the main streets of Tehran, which had been a scene of heavy clashes.

Rajabzadeh said that Tehran was in peace on Sunday. “We received no reports of riots or any skirmishes today,” said the Iranian Police Chief.

He added that at least 457 people have been identified and arrested for provoking civil unrest.

The arrests come only a day after security officials discovered that the terrorist Mujahedin Khalq Organization (MKO) had helped intensify the violence.

Founded in the 1960s, MKO is a Marxist guerilla group, which masterminded a slew of terrorist operations in Iran.

Iran finds US-backed MKO fingermarks in riots

Sun, 21 Jun 2009, Press TV

The terrorist Mujahedin Khalq Organization (MKO) has reportedly played a major role in intensifying the recent wave of street violence in Iran.

Iranian security officials reported Saturday that they have identified and arrested a large number of MKO members who were involved in recent riots in Iran’s capital.

According to the security officials, the arrested members had confessed that they were extensively trained in Iraq’s camp Ashraf to create post-election mayhem in the country.

They had also revealed that they have been given directions by the MKO command post in Britain.

Street protests broke out after defeated presidential candidate Mir-Hossein Mousavi rejected President Ahmadinejad’s decisive win in the June 12 election. His supporters have staged a series of illegal rallies ever since.

Iran’s deputy police commander, on Saturday, warned against the mass gatherings, asserting that those who engage in any such actions would be severely reprimanded.

Earlier on Saturday, MKO leader Maryam Rajavi had supported the recent wave of street violence in Iran during a Saturday address to supporters in Paris.

Rajavi had reportedly described the MKO terrorists as the real winners of the Iranian election.

The Mujahedin Khalq Organization is a Marxist guerilla group, which was founded in the 1960s.In the past two decades, MKO leaders have been resettled in the northern outskirts of Paris.

The terrorists are especially notorious for taking sides with former dictator Saddam Hussein during the war Iraq imposed on Iran (1980-1988).

The group masterminded a slew of terrorist operations in Iran and Iraq — one of which was the 1981 bombing of the offices of the Islamic Republic Party, in which more than 72 Iranian officials were killed.

A 2007 German intelligence report from the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution has identified the MKO as a “repressive, sect-like and Stalinist authoritarian organization which centers around the personality cult of [MKO leaders] Maryam and Masoud Rajavi”.

Anne Singleton, an expert on the MKO and author of ‘Saddam’s Private Army’ explains that the West aims to keep the group afloat in order to use it in efforts to stage a regime change in Iran.

“With a new Administration in the White House a pre-emptive strike on Iran looks unlikely. Instead the MKO’s backers have put together a coalition of small irritant groups, the known minority and separatist groups, along with the MKO. These groups will be garrisoned around the border with Iran and their task is to launch terrorist attacks into Iran over the next few years to keep the fire hot,” she explains.

“The role of the MKO is to train and manage these groups using the expertise they acquired from Saddam’s Republican Guard,” Singleton added.

A May 2005 Human Rights Watch report also condemns the MKO for running prison camps in Iraq and committing human rights violations. According to report, the outlawed group puts defectors under torture and jail terms.