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Iran, Iraq Agree to Extradite Criminals

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TEHRAN, April 25 (ICANA) – Iran and Iraq have signed agreements on the extradition of criminals, including provisions for the repatriation of convicts to their country of origin.
Monday, April 25, 2011 11:36:11 AM
Iran, Iraq Agree to Extradite Criminals

Iraqi Justice Minister Hassan al-Shammari and his Iranian counterpart Morteza Bakhtiari signed the deals in Tehran on Sunday.

The Iraqi official reiterated his country's stance about the anti-Iran terrorist organization Mujahedin-e Khalq Organization (MKO), stating that Baghdad is determined to expel members of the group from Iraq by the end of 2011.

On April 8, a number of people were killed in clashes between Iraqi security forces and MKO members residing at Camp Ashraf, which is located in Diyala province.

The Iraqi army initially said that three people had been killed and 27 wounded, among them 13 members of the security forces.

AFP reported that ten people had been killed and over 40 injured.

A source at Baqouba's main hospital confirmed they had received three bodies.

However, the MKO claimed that 31 of its members had been killed and 300 were injured.

But Iraqi forces say there is evidence that some of the MKO members who died in the incident were killed by MKO members themselves.

On April 11, Iraqi government spokesman, Ali al-Dabbagh, said the cabinet was determined to shut the camp down.

The MKO fled to Iraq in the 1980s, where it enjoyed the support of former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein and set up Camp Ashraf in the eastern province of Diyala, near the Iranian border.

Over 3,000 MKO members are currently residing at the camp. In addition, the group sends elements to Iran on spying and terrorist missions.

The MKO also cooperated with Saddam in the massacre of Iraqi Kurds and in suppressing the 1991 uprisings in southern Iraq.

Since Saddam was deposed in 2003, the Iraqi government has set numerous deadlines for the terrorist group to leave the country but the MKO has managed to maintain its base due to US backing.

The MKO is listed as a terrorist organization by much of the international community and has committed numerous terrorist acts against both Iranians and Iraqis.

Iran has repeatedly called on the Iraqi government to expel the group, but the US has been putting pressure on the Iraqi government to block the expulsion.

Al-Shammari also met with Iran's Judiciary Chief Sadeq Larijani on the sidelines of the signing ceremony.

Larijani lauded Iraq's efforts to deal with MKO, and called for closer political, economic and cultural ties between Tehran and Baghdad.

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