Ebrahim Khodabandeh, CEO of Nejat Society of Iran, wrote a letter to the Minister of Interior of Albania regarding the recent events in Albania related to the presence of the MEK in this country, a copy of which was sent to other Albanian authorities as well as international bodies and media. The text of the letter is as follows:
Mr. Bledar Çuçi
Minister of the Interior of the Government of the Republic of Albania
August 15, 2022
So far, I have written many letters to you on behalf of the expectant families of the members of the Mojahedin-e Khalq Organization (MEK, MKO) who are trapped in the closed and remote camp of this organization in Albania, and all of them have remained unanswered, although I know that you have been informed about the contents of them.
For your information, Massoud Rajavi, the cultic leader of the MEK, announced in a message that was read to the members at the camp of this Cult in Durres, that “entry of the families into Albania is crossing our red line and this should never happen”.
The question that arises for the families is whether Massoud Rajavi can decide who should enter the country and who should not enter instead of the Albanian government?
We also know that the MEK have established 24-hour patrols in their area and are very careful that no one escapes from the camp, and they have informed the members that if anyone escapes, the Albanian police will arrest the person and return him or her to the camp. It is as if these people are in a prison camp and are serving their sentences. Does the Albanian government know how this group treats its members?
In one case, some time ago, Mr. Amir Parvizi escaped from the MEK in Albania with the intention of separating from this cult, but unfortunately, he was arrested by the Albanian police and his pleas that he does not want to return to the camp dominated by Maryam Rajavi were ignored. And he was handed over to the leaders of the Rajavi Cult, who immediately put him under severe physical and mental pressure. Do you know about the details of this behavior against human rights standards?
It has also been reported that the MEK is constructing large military concrete buildings in its headquarters. Are the government and police of Albania aware of the actions that this cult is doing in the country? It is recalled that the Iraqi governments, one after another, after the fall of Saddam Hussein, who hosted this group, considered it as a threat to national security.
You must be aware that in the judge’s order of inspection of the premises of the Association for the Support of Iranians Living in Albania (ASILA), who are former members of the MEK, it was mentioned that about 300 members of this organization illegally left Albania and went to European Union countries. Doesn’t this cause concern for the European Union, which Albania wants to join?
The last painful incident that I would like to inform you about is the self-harm of Mr. Ali Akbar Azimi, who cut the vein in his hand because the cult leaders did not allow him to leave the camp and put him under the most intense physical and mental pressure. In this regard, Mr. Gjergji Thanasi informed the police on behalf of ASILA, and the police approached the camp to meet this person, but they said that he was infected with covid virus and was in quarantine, and it was not possible to meet him, and apparently the police accepted the excuse.
The news coming from inside the camp shows the extremely chaotic and dangerous situation that it is necessary for the Albanian government to intervene and take control of the situation just to prevent a humanitarian disaster. This letter is a warning that needs to be taken seriously. The expectant families are extremely worried about the safety and health of their loved ones and consider it necessary for the Albanian government to take necessary measures.
CEO of Najat Society