Open Letter to US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice - Questions arise over appearance of Mojahedin cult terrorists in Europe
Open Letter to US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice Questions arise over appearance of Mojahedin cult terrorists in Europe
Iran Interlink, June 29, 2007
Dear Secretary Rice,
A violent attack was made on a public meeting in the FIAP building in Paris, France by the Mojahedin Khalq proscribed terrorist Organisation (run by the self-appointed, life-time leaders of the cult Massoud Rajavi and Maryam Rajavi). Several participants were seriously injured.
The incident, which took place on June 17th, was allegedly led by Mr. Mohammad Hayati, a well-known terrorist leader who is accused of participating in the assassination of Americans in Iran during the time of the late Shah, as well as commanding the massacre of Iraqi Kurds and other criminal activities under the rule of Saddam Hussein. Documents and evidence concerning Mr Hayati's participation in the Paris attack have been handed to the French authorities and this is currently under investigation.
Mr. Hayati was among the 3,800 MeK combatants who were disarmed and held captive by the US army during the fall of Saddam Hussein in 2003. Mr Hayati's appearance under a false name and passport in Europe has raised serious questions among many in Europe.
On 28th June, we witnessed the clandestine TV program of the Rajavi cult broadcasting footage of Mr. Hayati claiming that he has been in Ashraf Camp over the past weeks.
Our investigation into the matter has revealed that this transfer of a known terrorist from Camp Ashraf to Europe and his return within 11 days has not been a single incident. From what we understand, quite a few people have "gone missing" from Camp Ashraf since 2003. If so, the camp is even more of a disgrace than is generally known.
The State Department Office of the Coordinator for Counterterrorism in its April 2007 report has emphasized that: "…Many MEK leaders and operatives, however, remain at large, and the number of at-large MEK operatives who received weapons and bomb-making instruction from Saddam Hussein's regime remains a source of significant concern…" This concern must, of course, be heightened when such operatives are believed to have surfaced in Europe in the circumstance of a violent attack on a public meeting.
In addition to the surfacing of MKO terrorists in Europe, we also have concerns about the participation of Professor Raymond Tanter (Iran Policy Committee, an open lobbying group for the cult), Alireza Jafarzadeh (Representative of the cult in Washington) and 20 more close contacts of this proscribed organization in a ridiculously expensive show in Paris organized specifically to promote the leader of this terrorist organization. The venue has been hired by an American Company and the costs, including the transfer of actors, lobbying personnel, Afghani and Tajik refugees, is estimated to be between 1.5 to 2 million US dollars.
Dear Secretary Rice, While we have every respect for the USA's policies in pursuit of her national interests around the world; while we acknowledge that US efforts to bring the Iranian government in line with the international will to halt enrichment of uranium are within the rights of the US Administration; and while the attempt to bring normality back to the streets of Iraq is everyone's wish, we are increasingly concerned about the unchallenged activities of the Mojahedin cult. In particular we are concerned about the possible misuse of their terrorist capabilities by some elements in Iraq and nowadays in European and North American countries.
The open hand given to the leaders of the cult, and their freedom of travel to and from Camp Ashraf, while for the last 3 years we have witnessed the hardship imposed on those who have rejected the cult (of which around 200 are still, after four years, living in harsh conditions under tents in the Iraqi desert) is surely not acceptable to your good self. And the responsibility for injury and/or possible assassination of critics of the cult in European countries by some known, registered terrorists like Mohammad Hayati, would certainly lie at the door of the US Administration (which is in charge of security at Camp Ashraf) before it becomes the responsibility of any European Law agencies.
Dear Secretary Rice, As survivors of the terrorist Rajavi cult, which has been investigated by the US and about which many thoroughly researched reports have been written since 1994, we urge you to instigate a full investigation into the situation at Camp Ashraf in Iraq. We draw your attention in particular to the meetings that take place between the supporters of Saddam Hussein and the MEK. We also urge a thorough investigation into the whereabouts of those people who have been missing from the camp from 2003 up to now.
We also urge you to take the activities of the Iran Policy Committee, the representatives of the MKO, including Mr. Alireza Jafarzadeh who has regularly appeared as an 'Iran analyst' on Fox News, and the other lobbying bodies in your country, seriously.
We are more than happy to provide the documents and evidence which we have on these issues to your department for further investigation.
Yours sincerely, Anne Singleton, Iran-Interlink June 29, 2007