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Paris Pardons MKO Terrorists

Service : Politic
TEHRAN, May 13 (ICANA) – France has dropped charges against two dozen members of the notorious Mujahidin-e Khalq Organization (MKO) that were arrested and charged back in 2003.
Friday, May 13, 2011 12:10:49 PM
Paris Pardons MKO Terrorists

In June 2003, French anti-terrorist police rounded up 165 MKO members in and around Paris for associating with criminal elements in connection with committing terrorist acts.

French investigators announced on Thursday they have decided to drop terror charges against 24 of the detainees, the Associated Press reported.

However, judiciary officials said that nine members remained under investigation for financial crimes, including financing terrorist groups.

During the June 2003 operation, French police forces discovered USD 9 million in cash amid suspicions that the group was planning to relocate its headquarters from Camp Ashraf in northern Iraq to a suburb of Paris.

France's counterintelligence agency also stated that the group was planning attacks on Iranian diplomatic missions as well as assassinations of Iranian officials in Europe.

French authorities, however, later released most of the MKO members detained in the 2003 raid.

The decision to drop terror charges against MKO members is the latest move by a European country to act in favor of the notorious terrorist group since the European Union removed the organization from its terrorist list in 2009.

Most members of the MKO fled to Iraq in 1986, where they enjoyed the support of former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein. They set up Camp Ashraf in Diyala province, where they launched attacks against neighboring Iran.

On April 27, Iranian Justice Minister Morteza Bakhtiari said 12,000 Iranians have fallen victim to MKO's acts of terror since the Islamic Revolution in 1979 and blasted the US and western Europe for their continued support of the terrorist group.

The terror organization is also known to have cooperated with the late dictator Saddam Hussein in suppressing the 1991 uprisings in southern Iraq and the massacre of Iraqi Kurds in the north.

Last month, the Iraqi government said Baghdad was determined to shut down the MKO base in the country and to disband the terrorist group.

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