132 former MKO members arrive home
|Wednesday 9 March, 2005|
Qasr-e Shirin, Kermanshah
prov, March 9, IRNA -- Another 132 penitent members of the terrorist
Mojahedin-e Khalq Organization (MKO) arrived in the Iranian territories via
Khosravi border point.
TEHRAN (AFP) -- A new group of 132 members of the exiled Iranian armed group the People's Mojahadeen (MKO) have quit their base in Iraq and returned to Iran, the state news agency IRNA reported Wednesday. According to the report, which quoted a border security official, the group "returned to Iran voluntarily after contacting the International Red Cross."
Earlier this month officials said a group of 100 members of the group returned home under an amnesty scheme applicable to low-ranking cadre.
The Mojahedeen set up base in Iraq in 1986 and carried out regular cross-border raids into Iran. They sided with Iraq during its 1980-1988 war against Iran.
The group is listed as a terrorist organization by the United States and European Union, but Iran has accused Washington of failing to act against the organization it refers to as "hypocrites".