Open letter to Cologne Police chief
Mr. Klaus Steffenhagen
Dear Mr. Steffenhagen,
We have been informed that the Mojahedin Khalq Organisation (MKO) under the name of National Council of Resistance (NCR), has once again expanded its violent threats against Mr. Ali Akbar Rastgoo (a German citizen who is resident in Cologne ) and some of his colleagues. Mr. Rastgoo and his family are well known internationally for their outspoken criticism against terrorism and violations of human rights.
The proscribed terrorist cult, Mojahedin Khalq, has once again accused all those people and organisations which criticize its behaviour of ‘working for the Iranian government’; an accusation which is punishable by death according to their public announcements over the past 25 years. And this is the worrying part which has prompted me to write this letter.
The representative heads of the Mojahedin cult in different countries are placed there as the "Representative of the National Council of Resistance", which in the case of the UK where I reside is Ms. Dolat Noroozi and in your country Ms. Massoumeh Boloorchi. Both these individuals are well known cult members with a dreadful history. Both women are known to be experts in "information laundry" and recruiters of agents and members to carry out their illegal work. They are both connected directly to Maryam Rajavi (who is, of course, a known character to your security agencies) and are both potentially hard-core suicide terrorists if they receive the order at any time. One of their old tactics (which I believe you are familiar with) is gathering information from Iranian newspapers and perhaps telephone conversation and adding their desired misinformation between the lines to feed to the intelligence services of various countries in return for a more open hand to operate outside the framework of the law. This tactic is nothing other than what Saddam’s Mokhaberat (secret services) has trained them in during their long history of working for him.
According to an article in today’s Guardian newspaper, the MKO is now accused of kidnapping a retired member of the Iranian Government in Turkey. The article also mentions the possibility that the Iranian officials arrested in Arbil (Iraq) were interrogated by Mojahedin operatives. We have also just received unconfirmed news of several arrests in Frankfurt airport linked to the alleged discovery of bombs aboard a Lufthansa flight to Tehran. The unconfirmed news indicates the motive as turning Arab countries and Iran against each other. This motive is a well know tactic employed by ex-Saddam operatives, in particular the Mojahedin Khalq Organisation. But to bring this motive to Frankfurt airport is more than a simple escalation and can be considered as deliberately exporting the most violent parts of the Iraqi conflict to the heart of Europe.
In the last few weeks, the Mojahedin has openly supported the mass murder of school children by drug traffickers in the province of Baloochestan of Iran, supported the insurgency in Iraq, and vowed to take revenge against their critics in Iraq, European countries and North America. (Of course, it is a fact that for a long time the MKO has had no influence or presence inside Iran).
Now, Mr. Rastgou and others have been accused by the MKO of ‘working for Iran ‘, which, according to the MKO’s beliefs, is punishable by death; that is, if the cult leaders Massoud and Maryam Rajavi give permission for such extrajudicial murders to be performed in the West. The extent of these threats has become so widespread that even people in the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) and prominent journalists and political analysts like Dr. Noorizadeh have, in the last few weeks received open threats from the cult. The literature distributed by the cult leaders on their websites has not even spared the governments and foreign ministers of European countries from these threats.
The shocking memory of self-immolations by MKO members following the brief detention of the cult leader by French police is still fresh in our minds, while a catalogue of self confessions about the killing of thousands of Iranians, Iraqis as well as citizens of European countries, Canada and United States of America has been gathered by law enforcement agencies across the globe.
I am now writing to you to inform your good self about yet another change of direction by the leaders of the Rajavi cult after their deep disappointment in failing to clear their name from the list of terrorist organisations in the European Union without having to actually reject violence and their cult culture. The avenue to be removed from the list without a clear denouncement of violence to achieve political power is now at its end, and the Rajavi cult leaders have decided (as they have always maintained internally to the cult members) to go back to the only way they know and that is to return to the violent ways and tactics, for which the cult received training from Saddam Hussein’s Republican Guards during their joint operations in Iraq for over 20 years.
It is clear that the path they have chosen is to use physical force to stop anyone and everyone who they believe is responsible for their failure to sell themselves as a mercenary force in Iraq and beyond. This, of course, includes the ex members, critics and human right activists.
It is no secret that after the French authorities curtailed their activities in 2003 (to where Maryam Rajavi escaped from Iraq just before the fall of Saddam Hussein), Cologne has, for the last 3 years, been the main base and the unofficial HQ of the cult (as far as their directing terrorist activities are concerned). It is also no secret that the group is now flexing its muscles against its critics as well as European countries (which have refused to take them off the list) in an attempt to put pressure on the west (they have continuously announced the self-immolations as something that worked well against western countries, and have since vowed that those who can set fire to themselves at a hint from the cult leader can also kill anyone, anywhere and at any time if ordered to do so).
At this critical point I beg you to take every precaution to ensure the safety of your citizens (as well as others) in Cologne and elsewhere in Germany .
While I am fully confident about the quality and quantity of information you and your law enforcement agencies have at your disposal, please do not hesitate to contact me should you wish to access our archives and/or recent documents about this proscribed group.
March 08, 2007 Massoud Khodabandeh, March 09, 2007