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Nejat Newsletter - ISSUE 27

Nejat Newsletter - ISSUE 27

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The free periodical on-line newsletter publishes the latest news focusing on Nejat Society activities and recent status of Mujahedin khalq organization . NewsLetter authored by Nejat Society was first created in2006 with the aim of keeping politic men, journalists, scholars …informed about Nejat Society, PMOI, Rajavis, Camp Ashraf, Iran Terrorist Group,Mujahedin khalq defectors,
The free periodical on-line newsletter publishes the latest news focusing on Nejat Society activities and recent status of Mujahedin khalq organization . NewsLetter authored by Nejat Society was first created in2006 with the aim of keeping politic men, journalists, scholars …informed about Nejat Society, PMOI, Rajavis, Camp Ashraf, Iran Terrorist Group,Mujahedin khalq defectors,

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Issue No 27
Nejat Newsletter
Periodical Publication of the Nejat Society
Happy Nowruz
1
MKO denies mem-bers to choose nextstay
1
 An Interview withIraq’s National Se-curity Advisorabout Camp Ashraf 
2, 3
Iraq's National Se-curity Advisor onMEK 
4
The US’s positionon the dispositionof Camp Ashraf 
4
MKO Suicide bomb-ers
5
22 MKO ringlead-ers await prosecu-tion
6
Iraqis preparing toexpel MKO
6
Iranian dissidentsin Iraq. Where willthey all go?
7
Unwanted guests,Iraq’s controversialissue
8
Invited by Saddam:Iranian oppositionmembers refuse toleave Iraq outpost
9, 12
Iraqi security ad-viser discussesMKO
10,11
MKO desperate for Arab support
12
Inside this issue:
 
We do apologize all our readers for the long delay in pub-lishing the newsletter. We wish that the New Iranian Yearwould bring peace and progress for the world as well as forthe Iranians, and we do hope that all families of the MKOcult members would soon reunion with their beloved oneswho are trapped in Ashraf Cult Garrison in Iraq.
Happy Nowruz
11 April 2009
MKO denies members to choose next stay
By:Press TV   April 08 2009
MKO leader MassoudRajavi (L)and formerIraqi dictator SaddamHussein. Saddamequipped the MKOagainst Iran.The MKO denies itsmembers the right tochoose an alternativeplace to stay, as Baghdadstarts a countdown tomove the group out of Iraq.The leaders of the Muja-hedin Khalq Organization(MKO) have refused toallow a group affiliated tothe Iraqi ministry of hu-man rights to access theresidents of Camp Ashraf,the MKO's headquartersin the Iraqi province of Diyala, Farsnews agencyreported on Monday. According to the report,the human rights teamwas trying to get in con-tact with the members of the terrorist group to asktheir opinion on an alter-native place to go to asthe Iraqi government hasdecided to shut downtheir headquarters in thenear future.Iraq has vowed to moveMKO members to theircountry Iran or sendthem to a third countryas it holds the anti-Irangroup responsible for de-stabilizing Iraq throughits terror attacks. According to a late Marchreport by the Iraqi al-Bayyina al-Jadida daily,Iraq has been in talkswith Australia to con-vince it to accept MKOmembers.Iraqi sources also re-vealed in February thatseveral countries wereconsidering granting en-try permission to certainmembers of the terroristgroup.Egypt, they said, hadagreed with a request byMKO leaders to establisha camp in the country.The MKO is blacklistedas a terrorist organiza-tion by many interna-tional entities and coun-tries, including the US.The group was exiledfrom Iran after the Is-lamic Revolution and set-tled in Iraq in 1986,where it enjoyed the sup-port of former Iraqi dicta-tor Saddam Hussein.The MKO is responsiblefor numerous acts of vio-lence against Iranian ci-vilians and governmentofficials as well as Iraqisduring the reign of Sad-dam.Tehran has long called forthe expulsion of MKOmembers from Iraq. Te-hran says the members of the group who have notparticipated in terroristactivities can returnhome but others will needto stand trial.http://www.presstv.ir/detail.aspx?id=90669 
 
 An Interview with Iraq’s National Security Advisor about Camp Ashraf 
By:Iran Interlink  April 07 2009 An Interview with Iraq’s Na-tional Security Advisor Dr.Mowaffak al Rubaie aboutCamp Ashraf by Anne Singleton
 After 2003 the disarmed Iranianterrorist Mojahedin-e Khalq (MEK)organisation was consolidated fromvarious locales in Iraq and pro-tected by US forces at Camp Ashraf in Diyala province; a bizarre anom-aly in Iraqi and coalition efforts tobring unity and peace to the coun-try. The Government of Iraq haslong regarded the MEK as a foreignterrorist group which continues tothreaten internal security and isculpable for aiding Saddam Husseinin the violent suppression of Kurd-ish and Shia uprisings in 1991. Suc-cessive announcements in 2008 byPresident Jalal Talabani and For-eign Minister Hoshyar Zebari madeclear their government’s determina-tion to expel all the MEK membersas soon as possible.But solving the conundrum as towhy the group has been protectedand promoted by western interestsfor all this time has become clearersince January this year when re-sponsibility for Camp Ashraf washanded over to the Government of Iraq by the Coalition Forces. As theGovernment of Iraq has movedswiftly to fulfil its decision to expelmembers of the MEK from thecountry, so the protests by thosewho have a stake in the continuedpresence of the group have intensi-fied.During March, three debates wereheld in the UK parliament by mem-bers supporting the MEK. In spiteof being on the US terrorism listsince 1997, CBS and CNN newschannels have broadcast MEK filmsshowing its personnel obstructingIraqi authorities as they try to per-form their duties. Additionally, theWashington Post has quoted anMEK spokesman in which he isthreatening the Government of Iraqthat “a human catastrophe" willfollow further action.Even though Europe and the UK have un-proscribed the group as itclaims to no longer believe in vio-lence, no moves have been made tohave European and British citizensand those with residency rights re-moved from Camp Ashraf to safety.Instead, powerful lobbies who haveused the MEK for their own inter-ests are continuing their efforts toforce the Government of Iraq tomaintain the infrastructure of aterrorist organisation in its country.Keeping the group in Iraq can onlyserve the interests of those Sad-damists who still believe the groupwill give them leverage over theGovernment of Iraq.Spearheading Government plans toremove the MEK is Iraq’s nationalsecurity advisor Dr. Mowaffak alRubaie. His role is to advise theGovernment of Iraq and coordinatepolicies and activity in relation tonational security and intelligencematters.Over several months Dr. al Rubaiehas fielded criticisms and attackswith repeated assurances that theresidents of Camp Ashraf will betreated according to internationalhuman rights standards and thatnone would be forcibly repatriated.To date, nothing has occurred atCamp Ashraf to give any cause forconcern to human rights organisa-tions. In recent weeks two MEK members departed Camp Ashraf voluntarily. One confessed that hehad been instructed to commit sui-cide in order to implicate Iraq’s Army. These two men, who wereprotected and comfortably accom-modated by the Iraqi Governmentunder observation by the ICRC andthe Iraqi Ministry of HumanRights, spoke openly of the humanrights violations perpetrated by theleaders on MEK members. It waspartly in response to this informa-tion that Dr. al Rubaie has focusedefforts to protect the individualsinside the camp.Indeed Dr. al Rubaie’s plan for thedifficult task of dismantling an ex-tremist cult has revealed anenlightened, humanitarian ap-proach which could become a blue-print for tackling similar organisa-tions worldwide.However, as the clamour continues,I asked Dr. al Rubaie for an inter-view in order to further clarify hisGovernment’s approach to events atCamp Ashraf. Anne Singleton: You want to movethe residents from Camp Ashraf fortheir own protection, yet the MEK commanders say they must remainin Camp Ashraf. What do you thinkmotivates them?Mowaffak al Rubaie: The self-appointed leaders at Camp Ashraf will have to speak for themselves.What I will address is how the resi-dents of Camp Ashraf have cooper-ated or not cooperated with the poli-cies and decisions of the Govern-ment of Iraq. The GOI does not dealwith the MEK as an organization.We deal with the residents as indi-viduals. The GOI has informedthem that as members of a foreignterrorist organization they cannotremain in Iraq and must choosewhether to return to their countryof citizenship or some other country.Remaining in Iraq is not an option.The GOI has taken steps to assuretheir security while beginning toexercise sovereignty at Camp Ash-raf as we do in every other part of our country. Ashraf is not above thelaw. Any infractions of Iraqi lawwill be handled by the GOI authori-ties with attention to due processand humanitarian standards. Todate, the residents of Camp Ashraf have created a series of obstacles tothe legitimate exercise of sover-eignty by the GOI and this will notbe tolerated. They must cooperatein order to avoid obstructing ourauthorities carrying out their legiti-mate duties. AS: Some observers speculate thatMEK leader Massoud Rajavi is in
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 An Interview with Iraq’s National Security Advisor about Camp Ashraf 
the anti-nuclear bunker insideCamp Ashraf and that is why thecommanders refuse to move. Do youthink this is possible?MR: We do not know exactly what iswithin the bounds of Camp Ashraf.The GOI has informed the residentsthat we will diligently and progres-sively examine all areas of Ashraf toensure there is no contraband, thatthere are no illegal activities takingplace, and that they must cooperatewith this legitimate exercise of Iraqisovereignty and enforcement of therule of law. AS: You have spoken of ‘detoxifying’the people in Camp Ashraf. Couldyou explain what this means andwhy you feel it is necessary? Whatdo you hope to achieve?MR: As you know from observingthe behavior of the MEK and fromtheir history, this is an indoctri-nated and tightly disciplined or-ganization of extremist zealots whohave employed terrorism and attimes even self-immolation to se-cure their aims. In normal everydaylanguage we can say that they havebeen "brainwashed". As is commonin organizations of this type, theindoctrination and discipline rely onthe continuous pressure of theirleaders and the total control bythem of their environment. There-fore, individuals have little abilityto exercise their free will becausethey exist in this closed environ-ment and fear for personal reprisalsif they are discovered to have devi-ated from the approved line of re-sponses. As we strive to determinefrom each individual where theywish to go since they cannot remainin Iraq, we are conducting individ-ual surveys and a census which areopen to oversight by the ICRC andthe UN. We believe that if we canseparate individuals from the all-encompassing domination by theirleaders, we can allow them to beginto exercise their rights as individu-als and make appropriate choices.That is, we hope to remove themfrom the toxic effects of their indoc-trination and leaders. AS: CBS and CNN have been broad-casting clips showing women shout-ing at and insulting Iraqi soldiersfrom behind closed gates. Could tellus more about what these scenesdepict.MR: You will have to ask CBS andCNN when and under what circum-stances they obtained their filmedscenes. What I can tell you is thatthe Iraqi Army unit posted to de-fend and secure Camp Ashraf hasbeen in full control since 20 Febru-ary and has exercised patience andextreme restraint in spite of thestaged provocations and demonstra-tions that Ashraf's self-appointedleaders have launched in defiance of the legitimate exercise by the GOIof its sovereignty. AS: Families are concerned abouthaving access to their relativeswithout MEK minders being pre-sent. Do you see a time in the nearfuture that such visits can be facili-tated?MR: The GOI has already facili-tated visits by families and has pro-vided the residents of Camp Ashraf written procedures which are fullypermissive. Our security forces atCamp Ashraf have and will con-tinue to facilitate legitimate familyvisits with no interference by eitherthe MEK or anyone else. These vis-its are also completely open to ICRCand UN observation. The MEK have been the obstacle to establish-ing a comfortable facility for suchfamily visits. AS: The MEK claim that the Gov-ernment of Iraq has not allowedmedical personnel or medical sup-plies into the camp and that thishas resulted in the deaths of somewomen and that others are dying.They want ICRC and UNHCR in-tervention. What is your response tothis allegation?MR: These allegations are false andbaseless. AS: The MEK’s supporters havepaid millions in legal fees to havethe group removed from the UK andEuropean Council terrorism lists.Have any of the group’s westernsupporters offered to help removethese people to their countries?MR: The GOI has communicatedwith ambassadors from the Euro-pean Union and all other countrieswe suspect have citizens or personswith some claim to residency intheir countries. We have askedthem to offer to allow those withstatus in their countries to returnand to consider hosting others whomay want to reside in their coun-tries. We have facilitated visits byrepresentatives of these countries toCamp Ashraf. We are hopeful thatthis level of openness and transpar-ency by the GOI will persuade thesecountries to allow such returns. AS: In your view, what can the UK,European and other western gov-ernments do to help resettle theMEK?MR: These governments can agreeto allow their citizens and otherswho have status in their country toreturn. AS: The Washington Post quotedMEK member Mohammad Mohad-dessin clearly threatening that self-immolations similar to 2003 andother suicide acts would be per-formed by the residents of Camp Ashraf. What is your response tothis?MR: We have and will continue totreat the residents of Camp Ashraf humanely and in accordance withIraqi law and international law andconventions. We will not initiateacts of violence against them. We doexpect them to cooperate in our ef-forts to exercise our sovereigntyaccording to the rule of law. Shouldthey choose extremist acts such asself-immolation, it will be their deci-sion which we would regret.
 Anne Singleton
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