Iran Interlink Weekly Digest – 174

++ In an interview with VOA’s Mehdi Falahati, an individual named Morteza Sadeghi claimed that the man called Ali Motamed, whose killing last year in the Netherlands had been linked to drugs and crime, was in fact somebody else. Sadeghi said the dead man was Mohammad Reza Kolahi who was responsible for blowing up the Hezb Jomhouri headquarters in Iran in 1981 and that this meant Iran was behind his death last year. What appears suspicious about this interview is that Sadeghi is a known associate of the MEK and there would be no reason to interview him based on his personal standing (he is an unknown person in any field) and in addition, why now, after a year, has this issue been raised without any reason? Mehdi Khoshal, who has written extensively about the MEK, gives his own analysis in an article. Khoshal compares Sadeghi’s claim to Prince Turki’s announcement that Massoud Rajavi is dead. Referring to his own book ‘The Evaporated’, Khoshal says that whenever the MEK wants to change face, some of its inconvenient members must be evaporated. After shifting from Saddam to the West and claiming to have given up armed struggle to become politicians, the first to disappear was Massoud Rajavi – you can’t have a political movement if he is still alive, says Khoshal. Then come people like Kolahi and Keshmiri – notorious in the MEK for killing many people. Khoshal says that after a year of silence we cannot know for certain whether Kolahi really was the man in the Netherlands, but it is clear that for legal and expedient reasons such people need to be ‘evaporated’ from the MEK membership. And as Maryam Rajavi continues to change the face of the MEK, Khoshal says we must expect more such disappearances.

++ There are reports emerging from Albania of the involvement of psychologists and psychiatrists to treat both those inside the MEK and former members. Now the group is out of Iraq it has been impossible to hide the fact that many of them are seriously deranged and unmanageable even for the MEK. Others need extensive and urgent medical treatment. Maryam Rajavi has tried to supress this news but it has come out anyway. At the same time the families are writing articles and letters to ask ‘why does Albania tolerate the continued incommunicado imprisonment of our children?’

++ Edvard Termidor writes about Maryam Rajavi’s ridiculous hopes and dreams after the Trump election. He says, the MEK never have any policies or activities of their own but always wait for someone to make a mistake or for a propitious event. Termidor uses the Persian proverb of waiting for the yoghurt dish to break so they can opportunistically lick up the spillage. Even when they see that nothing is ever given to them, they still claim that they will benefit. Iran Fanous, also writing about Trump, says 2016 was the year of the good, the bad and the ugly. The ugly ones are those of the same character as Rajavi – waiting to see what they can get out of it.

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++ In English articles and news, Albania has become the focus of attention. Families, formers and analysists all question the Albanian government’s handling of the MEK presence in that country. In one piece of bad news for the MEK, CIA chief John Brennan indicated during a recent visit to Tirana that the new Trump administration would no longer fund groups like the MEK. Zahra Moeini addressed Edi Rama in a letter titled ‘Who is in charge of the safety and security of transferred MEK members in your country? She reported that MEK enforcer Medhi Abrishamchi had recently visited Tirana where he told members ‘Albania is under our control and we can do what we like here’. He also told the followers that the MEK could ‘destroy’ their refugee cases if they step out of line. Moeini asks Rama if his government really has given permission to the cult leaders to threaten the stranded hostages who are isolated from their families and from the outside world.

January 06, 2017

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