Families of the Iranian victims of terrorism have called on the international institutions of the European Union to take legal proceedings against the Mujahedin-e Khalq Organization (MKO), a terrorist group that has claimed the lives of thousands of Iranians.
They wrote an open letter addressing the EU officials after MKO leader Massoud Rajavi reportedly ordered the group’s terror cells to intensify their anti-Iran acts.
A recent statement attributed to Massoud Rajavi, who has been presumed to be dead, invited top Iranian leaders to attend an international court case with him.
Massoud Khodabandeh, a former high-ranking MKO member, joked in a tweet that it is unusual for a person to go crazy after they have died.
“We are the families of the victims of assassinations and violence of the terrorist group Mujahedin Khalq Organization who lost our children, parents and grandparents in targeted and blind operations of this group,” the letter read, according to Habilian Association, an Iranian human rights NGO.
“The families of terror victims in Iran call on all international authorities and institutions in the European Union to, along with restricting the activities of this group in Europe, prosecute the leaders of this terrorist group in an international court with the presence of their victims,” they said.
According to the letter, Rajavi’s order is depiction of a “violent strategy” toward the judicial process and the court hearing on March 8 and 9, 2021, during which a number of former members filed a complaint about years of torture and violation of human rights by the group.
They said the MKO’s recent activities proved that it is still a “militant cult” and very far away from becoming an “opposition group,” citing Rajavi’s recent order to the terror cells to identify Iranian citizens working in judicial and military institutions and “execute justice on them.”
“We also declare our full readiness to cooperate in this process by providing the required documents to the responsible institutions,” they concluded.
The MKO has carried out numerous terrorist attacks against Iranian civilians and government officials since victory of the Islamic Revolution in Iran in 1979. Out of the nearly 17,000 Iranians killed in terrorist attacks over the past four decades, about 12,000 have fallen victim to MKO's acts of terror.
During former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein’s war on Iran, which lasted 8 years, MKO members were armed and equipped by Iraq to fight against Iran.
Washington and the European Union have removed the MKO from their lists of terrorist organizations. The anti-Iran terrorists enjoy freedom of activity in the US and Europe, and even hold meetings with American and EU officials.
A few years ago, MKO members were relocated from their Camp Ashraf in Iraq’s Diyala Province and later sent to Albania, where they now reside and continue their anti-Iran activities.