|MP seeks extradition of MKO members to Iran||
TEHRAN – An Iranian lawmaker has called for the extradition of all remaining members of the terrorist Mojahedin Khalq Organization (MKO) to Iran to face trial.
The Majlis is following the case of the MKO members who were recently transferred from Camp Ashraf to Camp Liberty in Iraq, Esmaeil Kosari, a member of the Majlis National Security and Foreign Policy Committee, told the Mehr News Agency on Saturday.
The last remaining dissidents in Camp Ashraf were transferred to Camp Liberty in Baghdad pending resettlement abroad, the United Nations said on Thursday, less than two weeks after a bout of violence that killed 52 people there.
“The U.S., Israel, France, and certain other countries are supporting the group to keep them united and are seeking to transfer them to any location they want, but, we at the parliament are following up [the case] so that all of them would be extradited to Iran,” Kosari said. “Those who have committed crimes must stand trial and those who have not committed crimes would return to their normal lives.”
He added that no country ought to accept to host the dissidents collectively.
“Although the members of the terrorist group of Mojahedin Khalq have grown old and their physical ability has decreased, they mostly transfer their experience,” he noted.
The MKO were Iranian dissidents who fought on Saddam Hussein’s side during the 1980-88 Iran-Iraq war and were given a camp by the strongman who was toppled by the U.S.-led invasion of 2003.
Fifty two dissidents were killed in violence at Camp Ashraf on September 1, which the MKO blamed on Iraqi army and special forces. Baghdad said the accusation was baseless and that it would investigate what had happened.
“Resettlement outside Iraq is now the priority, and it is urgent that countries ready to host the residents come forward to accept them, providing them a safe future outside Iraq,” acting UN envoy to Iraq Gyorgy Busztin said in a statement.
Before the violence there were about 100 members at Camp Ashraf. Most of its inhabitants were relocated last year to a former U.S. military base in northeastern Baghdad known as Camp Liberty.
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