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MKO members arrested in Europe

Members of the notorious Mujahedin Khalq Organization have been arrested in France and Switzerland on charges of money laundering.

Ten people close to the MKO were in police custody on Monday on both sides of the border, Reuters reported without citing any sources.

Swiss and French officials jointly conducted the arrests on the request of Swiss judges examining the funding of the group.

The group, which has been listed as a terrorist organization in Iran, the European Union and the United States, has a long and bloody history of targeting Iranian civilians and government officials.

It also reportedly assisted the deposed Iraqi dictator, Saddam Hussein, in the massacre of thousands of innocent Iraqis and is responsible for several acts of terror in Iran including the 1994 bombing of a revered Shia shrine in Mashhad, eastern Iran.

In 2003, French anti-terrorist police arrested 165 members in Paris, including Maryam Rajavi one of the leaders of the group, for ‘associating with wrongdoers in relation with a terrorist undertaking.’

In a recent move, Britain removed the banned MKO from its blacklist of terror organizations.

According to the Iranian Majlis National Security and Foreign Policy Commission, Britain has been provided with ample evidence of MKO involvement in terrorist operations against the Iranian nation.

"They have even met with some of the victims of the MKO terrorist acts. Still, the London Appeals Court has permitted a dangerous terrorist group to operate in Britain," reads a letter by the Head of the Commission, Alaeddin Boroujerdi to his counterpart in the British parliament, Mike Gapes.

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