Charged with Treason by Rajavi:
Plea to Save the Life of Ms. Mojgan Parsai


Open letter to Professor Raymond Tanter
Co chair Iran Policy Committee

From Mr Massoud Khodabandeh
Association for the Support of Victims of Mojahedin-e Khalq

August 9, 2005


Dear Professor Tanter,

While, in your capacity as co chair of the Iran Policy Committee (IPC, whose declarations are sometimes typed on the computer of the well-known mercenary of Saddam Hussein, Alireza Jafarzadeh), you are issuing invitations for a proposed Seminar on 'Proliferation' on 15th September, 2005, which as usual would act as a front for IPC support for the proscribed terrorist organisation Mojahedin-Khalq Organisation (MeK, aka NCRI, MKO, PMOI) and its leaders Massoud Rajavi (a fugitive wanted for war crimes and crimes against humanity) and Maryam Rajavi (arrested while hiding in France and currently awaiting trial on terrorism related charges), we would urge you instead of such activities, which by association links you with the remnants of Saddam Hussein and the bloodbath created by him and the Mojahedin-e Khalq Organisation in Iraq, to intervene to save the lives of the many prisoners in Camp Ashraf in Iraq who have enjoyed some previous association with the United States of America, who were recruited into the Rajavi cult from there, and who are now desperate for a way out of this disastrous situation. We are particularly concerned about the life of Mojgan Parsai who, about four years ago, was appointed head of the MeK by Massoud and Maryam Rajavi to replace the previous head.

After the fall of Saddam and disarmament of the MeK by US armed forces in Iraq, Mojgan Parsai was assigned to be the highest contact with the American army in Iraq (as the front face of the MeK). She was ordered to try to convince the American army to return the MeK's arms to them and recognise the MeK as a military force. This, of course, could have no other outcome but failure. The effect of this failure, however, has been an ever increasing desertion from the camp by the people who have woken up to reality and do not see any hope in remaining in this cult. Up to now more than 500 members have been successful in getting themselves out and a further 400 have taken refuge with US forces, while, according to reports from the escapees, over 60 percent of the remaining people would leave immediately if only the flag of the Red Cross (or any other humanitarian organisation) would be flown in the camp so they would know that there is a place to escape to. This information is not new, and except for a few very hardcore supporters of the MeK in the USA, this state of affairs was widely acknowledged long ago. Indeed, it was acknowledged long before the Human Rights Watch report of May this year revealed cases of extrajudicial imprisonments, widespread torture and cases of murder under torture by Rajavi's men and women.

Reliable reports now suggest that over the past few months there has been an accelerating wave of disaffection among the members, and the MeK has desperately placed all kinds of obstacles in the way of people reaching US army representatives in the camp.

There are a significant number of people in Camp Ashraf who have some connection with the USA (having been students or refugees or residents in the USA before recruitment into the cult). These people have seen the new initiative by the US representative in Iraq to help find a place of refuge for disaffected members, and have approached American representatives hoping that they could perhaps be once again accepted in your country.

According to reports from inside the MeK, Ms. Mojgan Parsai, whom Rajavi appointed as head of the MeK (officially the highest MeK commander after the Rajavis) also tried her chance at escape and mentioned to the US forces her past as a student and a political refugee in the USA in a bid to be accepted for transfer to the USA. Unfortunately news of her behaviour was leaked and has reached Maryam Rajavi.

According to these reports Ms Parsai has been relieved of her responsibilities and no-one has heard from her after this event. Maryam Rajavi has been consulting with her close advisors about the possible punishment Ms. Parsai should receive. In these meetings Rajavi has emphasised that her punishment should be appropriate to her rank and should be an example to any other commanders who may thinking the same way. From experience and according to the normal standards of the MeK, this punishment could not be less than execution under very slow physical and psychological torture.

It is worth mentioning that the appointed MeK head previous to Ms. Parsai was Ms. Beheshteh Shadroo. She was also a student from the USA and according to reports from inside the MeK, her situation is not any better than that of Ms. Parsai.

Another example of such treatment is Mr. Mehdi Eftekhari who was the commander of the clandestine operation which enabled Massoud Rajavi to run away from Iran in 1981 after his failed coup attempt. Mr. Eftekhari has been under constant physical and psychological pressure for the past eighteen years. He lost his mental balance under torture around ten years ago, but Rajavi always refused to accept his condition and has continued to use him as an example of what would happen to anyone who does not obey his commands to the letter. A further example is Ali Zarkesh, second-in-command after Massoud Rajavi who refused to submit to the 'ideological revolution' (and the marriage of Massoud Rajavi with the wife of Mehdi Abrishamchi). He was subsequently demoted to the rank of foot soldier and was later shot and killed by Massoud Rajavi's bodyguard.

We urge you Sir, instead of organizing Seminars to increase your bet on this dead donkey, please use your influence both with the Mojahedin-e Khalq Organisation (as one of their supporters) and as a respected academic in Washington, to help the people who do not want to stay with this group any more, and especially people like Ms. Parsai whose life is in real danger.

Maryam Rajavi, who has seen the effect of disaffected members reaching Europe and exposing her and her husband's war crimes and crimes against humanity, is doing all she can to stop the same thing happening in the US and is putting all her energy into preventing the people who have had some links with the US from making contact with US representatives in Camp Ashraf. She is also planning to use Ms. Parsai as an example of what will happen to any high commander who tries to contact the American forces in the hope they may be rescued from the cult.

Dear Sir,

The first step for the MeK to be removed from the Terrorism list in the USA (and for that matter in the UK, European Union and other countries) is for it to actually put an end to its terrorism, to denounce violence and to reject the abuse of human rights as a means to retain its fighters. If your proposed Seminar is to suggest again that the US administration should take the name of your supported organisation off the list, (the review is about a month after your Seminar), then I would suggest that you prepare some answers to the overwhelming evidence against your supported terrorist organisation. This, of course, will include the above case of Mojgan Parsai and other would be escapees, which we will be following closely through human rights organisations as only the latest case in a history of violence and abuse in the Mojahedin-e Khalq Organisation. Even after killing Americans, taking part in the American hostage crisis, working for Saddam for more than two decades, after the massacre of Iraqi Kurds and Shiites and killing men, women and children with blind terrorist attacks in the streets of Iranian cities, right now, even as we are writing this letter, the MeK is continuing to abuse the basic human rights of its own members.

Secretary of State, Ms Condoleezza Rice
Office of the UN Secretary General, Mr Kofi Anan
International Committee of the Red Cross
Human Rights Watch
Amnesty International
Members of the House of Representatives
Members of the Senate
Relevant academics and research institutes