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Documentary on the situation of Camp Ashraf after the Iraqi forces stormed the Camp and took complete control over the Camp and its aftermaths
Dr. al Rubaie explained,”This is an indoctrinated and tightly disciplined organization of extremist zealots who have employed terrorism and at times even self-immolation to secure their aims. In normal everyday language we can say that they have been”brainwashed”…
Failed Tactics (part 2: Saddam Private Army)
A documentary about Washington backed Mojahedin Khalq terrorists
Failed Tactics focuses on the foundation of MKO, and its political abuse of the first Iranian president Abolhassan Banisadr as well as its terrorist operations inside Iran, the Mersad operation and its removal from the EU blacklist of terror organizations.
The organization’s armed confrontations and its collaboration with former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein during the Iraq-Iran war are also among the topics discussed in the documentary.
“The international society’s anti-terrorism claims have become a tool in the hands of certain countries to achieve their goals,” said Press TV production manager Mehdi Homayounfar.
Referring to Iran as the foremost victim of terrorism, Homayounfar added, “it was impossible for the MKO to survive without the financial and moral support of Western countries during all these years.”
Failed Tactics includes interviews with renowned Iranian political figures such as Mohsen Rezaei, Abolhassan Banisadr, Rouhollah Hosseinian, Hossein Shariatmadari, Hadi Shams-Haeri and a number of former high-ranking MKO members.
Produced by Amir Tajik, the documentary has been filmed in Iran, the UK, France and Switzerland. It will be aired on June 21, 2009, the 28th anniversary of MKO’s declaration of armed conflict against the Islamic Republic of Iran.
The MKO, which identifies itself as a Marxist-Islamist guerilla army, was founded in Iran in the 1960s, but was exiled some twenty years later for carrying out acts of terrorism in the country.
Press TV’s programme Iran Today talking about the MKO, past, present and future
This TV documentary reviews on the terrorist MKO’s past atrocious history, its collaboration with the Iraqi ousted dictator and its present situation in Camp Ashraf in Iraq. Following the Iraqi government’s decision to close Camp Ashraf the group is facing an unclear future.
Press TV, Iran Today, February 10, 2009
This is a documentary about the terrorist organization, MKO, told through the eyes of former MKO agents who have turned away from their former terror activities. An insight into this organization which has caused terror and is recognized as a terror organization worldwide.
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The truth that the history recorded of one of the most notorious, bloody organization Mujahedin –e- Khalq.
We are narrating the life of those who have been living in MKO via words and pictures.
And this is an evidence to condemn those who stood by the side of Saddam and Rajavi`s group and its followers in the trial of the history.
Although there are still vague points, the truth and the right will be discovered.
Dear audience, I hope you a good time where ever you are.
During this show we are going to investigate a lot of files which are not the last files.
If you want the truth that the history has been recording, stay with us.
Dear viewers, there is no doubt that most countries around the world grant refugee to people who might be political refugees or those who fled because of the war and natural incidents…
When the Iraqis were under Saddam Hussein`s dictatorship, the best opportunity was prepared to ruin Iraqi history, waist its resources and also destabilize its neighbors one after The other.
Due to its mean leader, the Iraqi territory became a fertile pasture for most deadly organizations.
Dear viewers, this cruel party became a state inside another one.
The both states are based on Rajavi- Saddami politics.
And the nation should pay the price of these cruelties and ambitions with the blood of their children and their territory integrity.
Of-course the remnants of Rajavi and Saddam are unaware of the fact.
Here I have some reports from the international human rights organizations which are detailed documents on the human rights abuses in MKO And reports by some individuals who were of MKO leaders and defected from the group. Their names include:
I am Parvin Faraugh , the former member of Mujahedin khalq.
Any one who is in Iran or Iraq knows how the relation was.
We thought that the activities of the organization are funded by its social – political supporters in Europe and didn`t know that they are in contact with Saddam who wants to penetrate.
This film is recorded by the hidden cameras of Iraqi Intelligence Service. Masud Rajavi is meeting with general Sabir the director of Iraqi Intelligence Service.
It means that Mr. President ordered and the funds were paid.
Before studying the documents, there is a survey and confessions made by some kurdish individuals.
So stay with us to watch these people.
I am Saeed Ahmad Muhammad. The Intifada of people of Kurdistan started in 1991 when I was a member National Alliance of Kurdistan and I was a brigadier – general. Our personnel were getting prepared for the freedom operation of Iraq and our forces were getting ready to go to Tuzkhormatou where at that time was like the other cities. Mr. Usman Haj Mahmud was the responsible of Tuzkhurmatou and I was the first – responsible of the forces.
The Intifada began in the south of central Iraq and the Kurds could consequently release a large part of Kurdish region : Rina , kellar , kefri and Tuzkhourmatu and the following day when we arrived in Tuzkhourmatu we saw that Mujahedin forces were hiding near the city and despite there was no problem between us and Mujahedin , They closed our way and asked us to leave the city and of-course the request didn`t end with Tuzkhowrmatu but they wanted to take kallar , kefri , khaneqein and … We told them that we oppose the regime and you oppose the regime in an other way and it is not suitable to fight each other . Iraqi internal affairs is none of our business, it is Iraq`s business and you shouldn`t put conditions for us but their response was nothing except waiting “for our response”. At last, we declared our disagreement with their conditions.
The third day that we were staying in the city, we got in a clash we Iraqi forces and made too much damages to their equipments, tanks and forces.
The forth day MKO forces asked us to let them leave the city.
We accepted because we had great projects for Kirkuk freedom operation however the road to Kirkuk was blocked by MKO forces unfortunately. Then we agreed that their forces go via Tuzkhoumatu although they fired their guns against us once a while. Until noon when they attacked a group of innocent civilians in Suleiman Beig, a region between Kirkuk and Baghdad, and a large number of people were killed or injured. Some of them are still alive. Despite we had no hostility against them , later we found out that they had been cooperating with Iraqi Intelligence since long time ago and had been aiding Istikhbarat in suppressing Iraqi people`s uprisings.
They were more active than Intelligence forces in suppresses.
They enjoyed a large support by Saddam Hussein and security forces and there were the reasons for their continuous attacks to Kefri, Khaneqein and Kellar but all their attack were crushed terribly by Pishmerga forces.
What we said was nothing other than what was recorded by the history.
There were also some other clashes between MEK and us for example in the regions of Jelula and lazim.
These forces saw themselves as the Iranian opposition but it is not logical that they own some bases in Iraq having headquarters in Iraqi main roads.
They helped the Baath forces of Iraq. The Kurdish people never forget that MEK martyred their children.
I am Adel Shakour Ahmad the deputy – chairman of Daramia region
I eye-witnessed how Mujahedin`s tanks crushed the bodies of Peshmerga and innocent people in Suleiman Beig.
They killed the kids who were under 7 and were in their mothers` bosom
For Mujahedin khalq there was no difference between adults or kids, youth or elderly, men or women or Pishmerga
They attack the civilians of a large city like Kefri and as MKO`s tanks were invading the city, Saddam Hossein`s aircrafts were bombarding the city.
I eye-witnessed Mujahedin khalq captured a person, chained him and threw him under a tank.
Their crimes were worse than those of Saddam Hossein. The tanks of his regime never crushed the kids or innocent people.
In Kellar the tanks killed more than 20 civilians and then attacked the hospital of the town and killed most of the patients including men , women , elderly and kids.
They shot two of the doctors and killed a ten-year old child and another doctor named Dr. Muhammad
The people of Kurdistan will never forget the crimes and inhuman acts of MKO in soleiman Beig and Tuzkhurmatou
Although Kurds were under the dictatorship of Saddam Hussein for 35 years , they haven’t seen , the crimes like MEK committed against them , in their territory yet
Saddam granted Mujahedin –e- khalq a lot of regions including Alazm that included dozens of military bases equipped with all kinds of weapons such as cannons, tanks, and military aircrafts.
Mujahedin killed the innocent people, although they never had the right to do so. They were the opponents to another country and never had the right to intervene in our country’s affair at all.
The people of kurdistan were struggling to achieve their own rights but MKO was a mercenary force that saddam’s regime had hired to massacre the children of Kurdish nation in Iraq.
They are the agents of Saddam’s regime and killed over 182000 children of the innocent kurdish people and today
We have a lot of evidences that prove that MEK were involved in those clashes and massacres.
I am Tarig Sadig , the director of Mantry in Garmian .
On March 25th, 1961, a large number of tanks and cannons entered Alazm region , with exalted flags , and immediately after they arrived in the town , they opened the fire against innocent people that ended with the death or injury of a lot of civilians.
In their shameful invasion, they didn’t make any difference between men and women or youth or old people or kids or civilians or peshmerga forces.
I saw with my own eyes how MKO tanks fired those who were just watching them. They went from the main street to branches and shot everyone in their way.
When they reached a hospital, they shot everyone and martyred a lot of them. Among the martyrs I can name Dr.Nehle, Engineer Zahi and a private car driver.
The forces got to Bardsur and their aim was Kellar, they wanted to cut the contact between kellar and Suleimania.
Without the presence of the Pishmarga forces, the Baath forces reached the city.
In Bardsur they fired the tanks against the women and children who were running away to get to seid khalil .
Meanwhile Peshmerga arrived and exploded Mujahedin’s tanks and took their cars forcing them to escape
In a place in kellar one of the pishmarga forces attacked a tank of MKO’s with his klashinkof. He was killed immediately.
The Kurdish men were not in fight with Mujahedin khalq organization but they were fighting those who were hired by Saddam. At that time Masud Rajavi personally ordered the massacre of innocent people in most regions including Sulaimanbeig and kellar .
Dear viewers, good evening, once more with the Truth:
Gholam Reza Sadeghi is another eye-witness who says:
I have an Iranian – American ID card. After I saw the inhuman acts of the organization I found the truth so I decided to leave the group and return to the US but they imprisoned me and said that my passport was lost and I should leave without it they said :
”If the Iraqi forces see you , they will arrest and imprison you .“ They imprisoned and tortured me.
When the Americam forces arrived in Iraq, I went before them and described my situation and asked them to help me return to America since I had an American ID.
In the papers, Gholam Reza Sadeghi wrote by his own hands and here they are kept before us, he wants the justice to be done about this camp which is a threat to AbuGhoraib region.
The camp was granted to Mujahedin by Saddam. The forces of the camp were used to suppress the prisoners in AbuGhoraib.
The prisoners were like burning bullets and late at night, they were divided to 3, 6, 7 parts and the terrorist acts were executed against them.
Late at night, they brought them outside and asked them: who cares for his religious ceremonies, who says his prayers regularly.. ?
And when they wanted to execute the rules of the prison, they forced some prisoners to beat the other prisoners continuously and if anyone didn’t obey them, they would punish him seriously.
Such affairs, in Abghoraib, were managed by Mojahedin khalq under the order of the Iraqi office: Anvar Sadig Hariri .
We have also another witness Taymour Mahmoud Khattar.
In the picture, he is showing the photo of his son who left Iran in 2001. When he was in Turkey on his way to Europe, he was recruited by MKO.
When Sohil Khatar found out the true face of the organization, he tried to leave it.
But he ends with death. After his parents attempted to find the documents of his death, they found his certificate in which they saw the blue stamp of”Died”.
Dear viewers, the crimes of organization do not end up to here.
And in the memories of most Iraqis, there are traces of the group’s crimes and violence.
Notice the survey among some of the citizens:
In this street interviews where all Iraqi journalists are working for a free and developed Iraq , all of us ask for the expulsion of all terrorist groups including mujahedin khalq .
In the name of God. Via this tribune, I ask for the expulsion of Mujahedin organization because they are those who commit terrorist activities and cooperated with Saddam in the massacre of Shaabanieh .
The disorders in Iraq are due to the presence of this organization.
This is an organization that has much negative influence on the entire society weather youth or elderly.
While we are broad casting these pictures, there may be someone who doubts the truth of them but I’d say: Is it wise that the organization arrests and imprisons the individuals?
All human right organizations of the UN have reports on the human rights abuses in MKO. We hear a lot of requests from various sources who ask the Iraqi government to expel the organization or at least to take them under control and supervision completely.
They also want them to be banded of any military activity and any activity that harms the neighboring countries.
While the Iraqi Government is trying to stabilize
The neighbors which can be the pre-pheres of military , economic and security stability
All the politicians and citizens want the expulsion of the group.
They want the group to stop the cruelty, injustice and revenge policy that has followed as the Baathist policy.
The Iraqi government wants the organization to obey the diplomatic and political principals and the Human Rights
The picture you are viewing in my hand shows the families of the captured ones in the organization. They had come to Iraq from Iran or outside Iran to ask for the achievement of their children’s rights. Here, there are hundreds of people who are barred by Rajavi’s group in camp Ashraf.
Most people don’t want this camp to be changed to a military base asking for the take over of the camp from MKO
There are a lot of arguments on the case.
Here I have many documents that we will let you and the families of the captive ones know and this program will not be the last.
We will discuss the right and the truth promising you to open other files which will be recorded by the history, soon.
This special report by filmmaker James Longley focuses on the impact of the MEK on US–Iran Relations. Though the MEK, an exiled Iranian group, is listed on the State Department’s list of Foreign Terrorist Organizations, they continue to enjoy both the covert and overt support of some members of US Congress and the Bush Administration because of their opposition to the Iranian government.
This filmed report explores the history of the MEK, their ideology, their participation in the Iranian revolution and exile from Iran, and their collaboration with Saddam Hussein’s regime. Using interviews with historians, journalists, and first-person accounts of former members of the MEK, their shifting role is tracked through to the present day, as they continue to play a central role in US-Iran relations and create sharply divided opinions between various branches of the US government.
A film by James Longley
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Al-Araghiya TV documnetary on Rajavi’s Canadian Hostage Alaraghiay TV broadcasted a documentary about two Canadian sitizens, Mostafa and Mahboobeh Mohammady, who have gone to Iraq in an attempt to rescue their daughter from Mojahedin Khalq Organisation terrorist cult currently under protection of US army in Ashraf camp North of Baghdad.
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A documentary by Aljazeera television about Rajavi cult (Mojahedin Khalq Organisation) transcription and video file Aljazeera television, October 17, 2007 Aljazeera television on october 17, 2007 broadcasted a documentary about Rajavi cult. Cult of the Chameleon
Hello and welcome to WITNESS. I am Rageh Omar. During the ongoing and often contentious negotiations between Iran and the United States, there is one subject they both agree on: the MEK or the People’s Mojahedin of Iran is a terrorist organisation. Massoud Rajavi is the leader of this bizarre Iranian Cult who over the years helped Ayatollah Khomeini overthow the Shah, then declared war on the Islamic Republic ruthlessly killing their fellow countrymen. They allied themselves with Saddam Hussein but now that he is gone are ardent supporters of the coalition. The MEK has switched allegiances so often that any underlying ideology is long gone. But one fundamental tenet remains; personal power.
Massoud Rajavi claims to be a bridge between his followers and God and the faithful believe him. Rajavi is a master of human psychology. He manipulated his followers’ weaknesses until they are prepared to do anything for him. One woman carried cyanide capsules in her mouth for two years ready to die for her leader.
Iranian film maker Maziar Bahari met her and other followers as he tried to untangle the CULT of the Chameleon.
Narrator: For more than three decades, it has been one of the most secretive cults in the world – The People’s Mojahedin of Iran – or the MEK. Its leader is Massoud Rajavi.
Anne Singleton: Massoud Rajavi has likened himself as the bridge between people and God. Now from that position, he can more or less order his followers to do anything.
Marjan Malek: The MEK tell their members that Massoud Rajavi is not only your leader, but also your husband, father and brother. He is the only one who should matter in your life and you shouldn’t think about anyone else. Narrator: In a suburban house in the northern English city of Leeds, Anne Singleton looks like any other suburban mother having a bit of after school playtime with her son. But for Anne and her husband Massoud Khodabandeh, it has been a long strange journey to this normality.
In the 1970s like many university students, Anne was looking for a challenge and a cause. She found it in an Iranian revolutionary group active in Leeds University.
Anne Singleton (former MEK supporter): When I became a full time cult member I gave up everything that I had. I gave up my home, and all the possessions in it. I gave up my car. I converted to Islam. I became Moslem. I had even burned my diaries. Since I was a kid I kept diaries, and in order to show them that I was so dedicated to them I just burned them all. Just, I gave myself to them.
Narrator: When Anne joined the MEK in Leeds in 1979, the organisation was helping the leader of the Iranian revolution – Ayatollah Khomeini – to depose Iran’s Monarch – the Shah.
The MEK shared Khomeini’s hatred of America and called him their Imam or Islamic leader. But the Ayatollah never thought Rajavi was a true Moslem. After the revolution, the MEK was outlawed, and Rajavi was banned from running for president.
Narrator: The MEK’s terror teams killed many officials as well as more than ten thousand innocent Iranians. In turn the Islamic government executed and tortured thousands of MEK members, and even those who only sympathised with Rajavi’s ideas. Majid Farahani was one of them. He was working as a trades union activist when he was arrested and sent to prison for four years.
Majid Farahani: When I was in prison they tortured me in different ways. For example they played football with me. The torturers literary kicked me around between them. They also made me lie down at the door of the torture chamber, so I could hear the screams of others being tortured inside. But the most effective form of torture was beating my feet with an electric cable. When they hit you they start with a thick cable, after a while your feet go numb and you can’t feel anything anymore. So they change the cable and hit you with a smaller one. That hurts much more.
Narrator: Like thousands of imprisoned political and labour activists, soon after his release Majid joined the MEK’s guerrilla fight against the Islamic government.
Majid Farahani: While I was being tortured, the main thing I was thinking about was when my feet were going to heal. But while my feet were healing there was not a moment in which I was not thinking about taking revenge for what they did to me.
Narrator: While the tortures and assassinations continued in Iran, in London Anne Singleton joined a group of Rajavi supporters on a hunger strike against Khomeini’s regime.
Anne Singleton: After about three or four days of hunger strike, I began to feel if as I was really on a different level to the rest of the world around me. It was almost as if when I walked down the street, I was walking at twice the speed of everyone else. I was having a really kind of spaced out experience. And I interpreted this – and I was encouraged to interpret this – as if I had kind of seen a hidden truth.And the truth was that by understanding the Mojahedin and understanding their leadership – the Rajavis – I had somehow transcended normal existence and that therefore I had made the grade.
Narrator: In 1981 Rajavi escaped to France. Soon after, the MEK began evolving into a cult. Rajavi declared that the organisation should be run equally by a man -himself – and a woman. The problem was Rajavi’s wife had died fighting the Islamic government. He needed a new partner to join him at the top of the organisation. Rajavi’s deputy Mehdi Abrishamchi voluntarily divorced his wife Maryam, so Rajavi could marry her.
Massoud Rajavi’s marriage was the beginning of a series of ideological and sexual revolutions which he used to take over his followers’ lives. Anne
Singleton: They went beyond arranged marriages and actually ordered their members to divorce. This didn’t just mean that if you are married – actually married to somebody – you must divorce them. It meant that if you weren’t married you had to somehow mentally, emotionally divorce, to understand that you are divorced from your sexuality. And the demand was made – on the surface – it was justified by saying that you had to give all your energy and your time to the cause and not be distracted by your sexual feelings and your love for your wife or your husband.
Narrator: Anne’s husband Massoud Khodabandeh was Rajavi’s bodyguard for six years. He is one of the very few people who observed up-close the characteristics which make Rajavi a charismatic leader.
Massoud Khodabandeh (former MEK member): As someone who lived closely with Mr Rajavi for years, I can tell you that he is very intelligent and he is quite a charming man, but most importantly he is a hard worker. He spends a lot of time and energy on whatever he wants to do. He is really interested in psychology. There is no book on psychology that he has not read a few times. But he is a very lonely person. That might be because he is a ruthless leader who has killed or alienated many of his close friends and colleagues.
Narrator: In 1986 at the height of the Iran-Iraq war, the MEK moved to Iraq at the invitation of Saddam Hussein. Saddam was already responsible for the death of hundreds of thousands of Iranian young men. To many Iranians who already hated the MEK for its campaign of terror, Rajavi’s collaboration with Iraq was nothing short of treason.
Massoud Khodabandeh: Shortly after we went to Iraq, we became part of Saddam’s Army. We collaborated very closely with the Iraqis. You may ask me now: “how you help the enemy of your country?” But it goes back to the nature of cults. Being part of a cult kills all kinds of emotions in you. A member becomes a tool in the hands of a cult. You don’t care about your country, or even your mother and father anymore. We saw ourselves as saviours of humanity, so nationalism or other feelings were not important for us anymore.
Narrator: The group settled at camp Ashraf, a military base one hundred kilometres north of Baghdad. In this isolated setting, Rajavi could exert more control on his followers and delude them about his power. In 1988 he convinced them all to make an all out attack on the regime in Iran, an act of collective suicide. Rajavi told his followers that they could take over Tehran within a few days. The operation was called the Eternal Light. And the order to attack was give by Rajavi’s wife Maryam.
Massoud Khodabandeh: At the time of operation Eternal Light, we were isolated in camp Ashraf in Iraq and didn’t know anything about what was going on in Iran. We were under the illusion that if we attacked Iran, the people of Iran would help us and then we could topple Khomeini’s government. That was wrong and most Iranians we came across fought against us.
Narrator: After the attack Ayatollah Khomeini ordered the massacre of MEK members inside Iranian prisons. Within a few weeks thousands of MEK prisoners were summarily executed. Rajavi in turn, used the legacy of the Eternal Light martyrs to reinvigorate the organisation.
Massoud Khodabandeh: Rajavi had his own reasons to fight the Iranian regime. He believed that more victims on either side of the conflict would help him consolidate his control over the MEK. After the operation he even exaggerated the number of the dead on both sides. Ironically Mr Rajavi was helped in his mission by the Iranian government. They killed about three to four thousand MEK prisoners after the operation and ensured that Rajavi could rule the MEK for years.
Rageh Omar: For individuals caught up in the strange world of a cult, the price is high. But on the world’s political stage the MEK, led by Massoud Rajavi still had a few more surprises. Join me after the break. Welcome back. Life inside a cult is filled with disinformation and psychological manipulation. Massoud Rajavi is a master of mass hypnosis, harnessing the faith of his followers and convincing them to fight his battles. He switches allegiances at will to suit the current political climate. But some started to question their leader when he asked them to kill children. Narrator: In 1991, at the height of the first Gulf War, Saddam found a new use for Rajavi. He ordered the MEK to help put down the uprising of the Iraqi Kurds with maximum force.
Majid Farahani: When we entered the town of Kifri in Iraqi Kurdistan, the MEK used heavy artillery against anyone who was in their way. It didn’t matter if the person was an innocent civilian, a man, a woman or even a child. The MEK shot anyone who came in their way through the town.
Narrator: Majid’s platoon killed most of the captives, but one was handed to the Iraqis to be executed.
Majid Farahani: They brought this little boy who was hit in the stomach and was suffering a lot. The MEK didn’t give him any medical help or even a glass of water. The next morning they handed the boy to the Iraqi authorities and the Iraqis killed him right there and then. I can never forget the screams of the boy who called Baba, Baba, asking for his father. Those words still echo in my head. Narrator: Majid and many others left the organisation in protest after the genocide against the Kurds. Once again Rajavi needed new members for the MEK. He found them among vulnerable Iranian asylum seekers in Europe. In 1996, Marjan Malek was living as a refugee in Holland.
Marjan Malek (former MEK member): The MEK are masters of human psychology. When they meet someone they spot that person’s weak points. They talked to me and they realised that I had many problems with my ex-husband who used to beat me. So they started talking about women’s rights and the equality between men and women, in order to attract me for the organisation.
Narrator: Marjan was born into a working class family in Tehran. She was not politically active and simply left Iran with her family to find a better life in Europe. When the MEK operatives first approached Marjan in Holland, her asylum application had just been rejected. The MEK helped her successfully appeal the Dutch government’s decision and in so doing, gained a new recruit for the organisation. By the time Marjan joined the MEK, Rajavi was using even more personal measures to control his followers.
Marjan Malek: Sometimes Massoud Rajavi had general meetings with women and never allowed men to enter the session. I remember in one of those meetings he gave us brushes, combs and hairclips as a gift. But before giving them to us he used them on his own hair first. Or in another session, he gave women Terrycloth robes as a gift. Again he put them on first and walked around the stage a little bit before giving robes to the women.
Narrator: In 1998, Marjan was chosen to be a member of an all women sabotage team sent into Iran.
Marjan Malek: Before leaving for operations in Iran, I had training in camp Ashraf on how to hold cyanide capsules under my tongue. We had to use the capsules in case we got arrested by the Iranian regime. We had to break the glass, scratch our tongues with it, and within a few seconds commit suicide, so we couldn’t reveal any organisational secrets to our captors. In order to practice, we put two small date pits under our tongues. I hope I can remember how to do it – good – I still remember. We had to hold the pits for days under our tongues to practice, and the pits are really hard. I am sorry, can I throw these out?
Narrator: After a failed attack on an army base in Tehran, Marjan was captured in a restaurant just as she was taking out the cyanide capsules so she could eat. The MEK thought that she succeeded in committing suicide. Rajavi called her a martyr . . . a shining emerald in the sea of love who reached the highest levels of dignity and glory.
Marjan Malek: When they arrested me I thought of nothing else but Massoud and Maryam Rajavi. I didn’t think of getting killed, tortured or whatever else might be about to happen to me. My only thought was that I disappointed Massoud and Maryam Rajavi.
Narrator: Soon after her arrest, Marjan publicly denounced the MEK. At a press conference, she told reporters that while in prison she had time to question Rajavi’s policies and his cult of personality. Marjan came to realise that terrorism and collaboration with Saddam had made Rajavi a hatred figure in Iran. She also experienced the new attitude that the Iranian government took towards the MEK prisoners.
Marjan Malek: When I was in prison, I often asked my captors when they tortured and killed the MEK members in the past, why they weren’t doing that now? They answered that in the past they didn’t know better so they resorted to violence. But now they realise that if they killed me, my whole family would want to revenge my blood. So the Iranian regime has realised that if they treat the MEK as cult members and not criminals, there will not be bad blood between them and the victims family, so there would not be any reason for revenge.
Narrator: Soon after leaving the MEK, Marjan opted for normal life. She married another MEK dissident and they now live in the Netherlands with Marjan’s two daughters from her former husband.
After the fall of Saddam Hussein, Rajavi ordered the MEK to greet the coalition forces wholeheartedly. Rajavi himself went into hiding and he has not been seen since. The MEK surrendered their arms and offered to help the Americans to fight against the Ayatollahs in Iran.
Rajavi’s words sounded like music to the ears of those Americans who thought after the fall of Baghdad they could attack Tehran. While many in the Pentagon wanted the United States to support the MEK, the State Department insisted that Rajavi cannot be trusted. But Saddam’s overthrow meant that the MEK had to find other ways of financing their survival in Iraq. There are many stories of members embezzling their parents to send money to them.
Rezvan and Mohammand Saffari’s son joined the cult sixteen years ago.
Mohammad and Rezvan Saffari (parents of an MEK member): He never called us or tried to get in touch with us for fifteen years. We thought that – god forbid – he might have died in a war. He said I want to leave the MEK and I need money to hire a lawyer. I withdrew whatever savings I had to send to him. I was really happy that I could send him that money. I thanked God that he could finally come back to us – come home.
I worked so hard to raise my son. I worked until midnight to provide for him and his brothers and sisters. I sent him to London to become a dentist, to become a useful member of society. I really don’t know what to say.
Narrator: Their son gave the money to the MEK and is now one of spokesmen of the organisation.
Massoud Rajavi is still in hiding and still in charge. His organisation is listed as a terrorist group by the United States and the European Union. For three decades he has changed ideologies and swapped allegiances, while keeping his followers enthralled with sexual manipulation. After the American debacle in Iraq, Rajavi’s followers are trapped at a camp in the Iraqi desert, awaiting his next alliance.
And in northern England, at least one former cult member thinks about those in the desert all the time.
Anne Singleton: I look now at the people in camp Ashraf and I remember how I was in that organisation. And I feel nothing but the mostenormous compassion for them. I really wish I could help them to escape from that organisation because I do feel very deeply how inhuman their life is in many ways. They really have no rights at all. And now that I have regained my freedom – my freedom of thought – of belief – my freedom of speech – and just basic enjoyment of life, I understand how deeply their humanity has been crushed, and I really wish they could be helped.
Rageh Omar: Massoud Rajavi’s followers are still sitting in the Iraqi desert waiting for their leader’s next move. They are being ‘looked after’ by American and Bulgarian forces.
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A family torn apart by Mojahedin Khalq Organisation – Rajavi cult
A tale of a family torn apart by lies, deception, and government bureaucracy, “Breaking the Ties That Bind” is a true story of the Mohammady family and their tangled history with the Iranian resistance force known as the Mujahedin-e Khalq (MEK).
By:neha gandhi, CBC Television,
About Somayeh Mohamadi
Somayeh was only 17 when she met the recruiters of the Iranian opposition group Mojahedin-e Khalagh (MEK) in Toronto. Born into a family with sympathies towards the group and having already lost her favorite aunt in guerrilla fights against Islamic Republic of Iran, Somayeh decided to drop out of her grade 10 high school class at Etobicoke Collegiate Institute and attend a MEK camp in Iraq for a month. Most of all, she was thankful to MEK for offering to pay for her expanses to visit her aunt’s grave. On February, 1998 Somayeh left Toronto to spend a month in what later on turned to be a guerrilla compound called Camp Ashraf, the headquarters of the Organization of the Freedom Fighters of the Iranian People. Somayeh is a now a 25 year old, still living under harsh conditions of Ashraf, despite her parents restless tries to bring her back home. Somayeh is one of the many Canadian and American teenagers who were deceitfully recruited by MEK and send to Camp Ashraf, where they were trained for guerilla fights and forced to stay inevitably. In an independent letter sent to the Canadian embassy in Jordan, Somayeh asks for the Canadian government’s help to get her back to Toronto. Later however, she was forced by MEK in a court hearing to denounce her family and state that she wants to stay with MEK “holy worriers’, now a banned terrorist organization under Canadian law since 2005.
Somayeh’s life has been in great danger in the past 10 years and she is defiantly threatened to comply with MEK’ rules. Her story is very damaging to MEK and as a result the organization does not allow Somayeh to leave camp Ashraf in order to contact or meet with the Canadian Officials in private or in a 3rd party country. This has further complicated her case, as she officially told an immigration judge over satellite phone that she does not wish to return to Canada. Her family and friends know this to be a testimony made under pressure and therefore devoid of any truth. Somayeh is kept like a hostage at Camp Ashraf and must be treated like one.
Family and Friends of Somayeh Mohammadi :
We are Family and Friends of Somayeh Mohammadi who are deeply concerned about her safety as she has been forcefully kept by Mojahedin-e Khalagh (MEK), Iranian guerrilla fighters in Iraq, for the past ten years. Somayeh is one of the many Canadian and American youth who were recruited to monthly camps when they were teenagers, only to be kept like hostages at the headquarters of the Organization of the Freedom Fighters of the Iranian People, Camp Ashraf, Iraq. This website is to raise awareness about Somayeh’s case and help us organize our campaign to save Somayeh.