UK rejects lifting ban on Mojahedin Khalq (MKO) terrorist group

The British government rejected a ruling Friday that the anti-Iran Mujahideen-e-Khalq terrorist organisation (MKO) should be removed from the UK’s proscribed groups.

“I am disappointed at this judgement. We don’t accept it and we intend to appeal,” Home Office Minister Tony McNulty said.

He added that the MKO would remain on the UK’s list of banned terror organisations during the appeal.

The government’s rejection came after the Proscribed Organisations Appeal Commission in London ruled that the terrorist sect, which is also banned in Europe and the US, should be removed from Britain’s blacklist.

The MKO, which has carried out wholesale terrorist acts in Iran since the 1979 Islamic Revolution, was among the first organisations to be formally outlawed under Britain’s Terrorism Act 2000

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