The Albanian Kristal TV reported on the situation of 5 detained members of the Association for the Support of Iranians Living in Albania (ASILA). The detained people are former members of the Mujahedin-e Khalq (MEK/PMOI) who have been isolated in the illegal immigrants’ detention center near Tirana since mid-November .
The report titled “Asila’s sacrifices for integrity and social development” begins quoting Dashamir Mersuli, the director of ASILA as telling “A year with challenges”.
“As it is already known, 5 Iranian citizens are kept isolated in the Camp known as Kareç, a high-state security institution,” Kristal TV reports. “The Asila association, which acts in Albania in the framework of the development of cultural activities and the support of the Iranian community in Albania, has continued with its cultural activities and book fairs, like what other associations do, but there has been a lack of interest in these members who are located far from their Asila home.”
some of them were caught under false pretenses, which is just lip service and without any institutional decision.
According to the report, the head of the Asila association, Mr. Dashamir Mersuli, recently said in a press conference that it had been implied that some of them were caught under false pretenses, which is just lip service and without any institutional decision.
“These individuals have been on hunger strike for 15 days, without food or drink according to media sources,” Kristal TV states. “They demand their right to freedom, as was the reason for coming from Iran to Albania.”
The Albanian media reports, “they have previously said in the media that they are grateful to the Albanian state and that they love our country. While Asila earlier addressed the institutions for an answer regarding this situation.”
As Kristal TV predicted Hassan Heyrani, Hassan Shabazi, Mehdi Soleimani, Ali Hajari and Gholam Reza Shekari spent New Year’s holiday in detention.
“Asila will continue the cultural activities but also the search for their right,” Mr. Mersuli told Kristal TV.