A German official says the Berlin government will not house members of the terrorist Mujahedin Khalq Organization (MKO) currently based in Iraq.
“No MKO member in Camp Ashraf is awarded with German residency. There are currently no plans to receive members of the group in Germany,” the German Foreign Ministry spokesperson was quoted saying by IRNA.
This is while Mohammad Javad Hasheminejad, head of the Habilian Association – an Iranian-based human rights group – says the MKO chiefs are systematically eliminating the disgruntled members.
“In his addresses to international circles, the Mujahedin Khalq Organization (MKO) leader, Masoud Rajavi has spoken of a looming humanitarian crisis in case Baghdad pushes further for the expulsion of the terror group,” Hasheminejad said.
“What the MKO leader was referring to as ‘humanitarian crisis’ was actually forced self-immolation.”
The human rights activist underlined that The MKO seeks to persuade international as well as Iraqi officials to forgo the drive for the group’s expulsion from the country.
The Mujahedin Khalq Organization, which identifies itself as a Marxist-Islamist guerilla army, was founded in Iran in the 1960s.
The terror group was exiled twenty years later for carrying out numerous acts of terrorism in the country and targeting Iranian government officials and civilians within the country and abroad.
Outlawed in Iran, the group was relocated in France before being expelled at the order of the then-prime minister Jacques Chirac. The organization, eventually, moved to Iraq, where it allegedly assisted former dictator Saddam Hussein in the massacre of thousands of Iraqi civilians in the 1990s.
Many countries including the US have blacklisted the MKO as a “terrorist” organization. The US State Department says that the MKO assassinated at least six US citizens in Iran, prior to the victory of the Islamic Revolution in 1979.
This is while earlier in January, the 27-nation European Union ruled against the MKO’s seven-year inclusion in the blacklist. The ruling is widely believed to be politically motivated and the result of legal developments combined with intense lobbying by the terrorist group.