Monday, January 10, 2005

Some MeK members returned to Iran - (United Press International)

Some MeK members returned to Iran - (United Press International): "Some MeK members returned to Iran

Washington, DC, Jan. 10 (UPI) -- The State Department said Monday some members of an Iranian rebel group have voluntarily repatriated to Iran from Iraq.

The Mujahedin-e-Khalq group is struggling to topple the Iranian regime but because of its involvement in bombings and other similar activities in the past the State Department considers it a foreign terrorist outfit.

An unspecified number of MeK activists, who were fighting against the Iranian regime with Saddam Hussein's support, were stranded in Iraq after U.S. troops removed the Iraqi dictator.

They were placed in a camp and were not allowed to leave despite demands by MEK supporters to allow them to participate in activities against Iran.

But Ereli said some of these MeK workers, "found not to have engaged in terrorist activity have (now) been voluntarily repatriated to Iran."

"There are others who do not want to go back to Iran, and third-country repatriation options are being looked at," he added.

The State Department official, however, said the U.S. position on the MeK has not changed. "It's a foreign terrorist organization and we're dealing with them as a foreign terrorist organization.""


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