Iran devising plan to try Mojahedin Khalq members

Iran devising plan to try Mojahedin Khalq members as EU ministers endorse the terrorist group
Saddam Hussein with MKO leader Massoud Rajavi. The MKO enjoyed the support of Saddam. Iran is mulling over a plan to take terrorist MKO members to court following the European Union’s decision to lift a ban on the group.
Iranian lawmakers are devising a plan to try the Mujahedin Khalq Organization (MKO) members who have taken an active part in terrorist activities against the country.
“The plan was conceived after the European Union decided to remove the MKO from its blacklist, prompting the Islamic Republic to take the required steps on the issue,” Member of the Iranian Majlis (Parliament) Heshmatollah told Mehr news agency on Monday.
According to the lawmaker, the trials would be held either in the Islamic Republic or outside the country. The MKO members who have not participated in the organization’s terrorist activities are allowed to return home, he added.
Earlier on Monday the EU removed the group from its blacklist, although the organization is recognized as a terrorist group by much of the international community, including the US.
The MKO is responsible for numerous acts of violence against Iranian civilians and government officials. Iran has repeatedly called for the expulsion of the MKO members from Iraq, which has been housing them since 1986.
The Iraqi government, in response, has ordered the members to leave their headquarters, Camp Ashraf, and return to Iran or take refuge in a third country. Iraq blames the group for conducting a significant role in destabilizing the Baghdad government.
Several members of the group have now defected from the organization and returned to Iran. According to a May 2005 Human Rights Watch report, the outlawed group imprisons defectors and even tortures them.
Defectors accuse the group of resorting to mind control in an effort to brainwash supporters and to establish a cult mindset among members.

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