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Spokesperson for MEK: final group of Camp Liberty residents left Iraq successfully

Shahin Gobadi, spokesperson for the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI or MEK), commented on Friday on the news that the final group of residents of Camp Liberty were successfully relocated on Friday from Iraq to Europe.                                                                               

Mr. Gobadi said: “The successful conclusion of the relocation process of the residents of Camp Liberty, members of the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI or MEK), out of Iraq was a major blow to the clerical regime and a major victory for the Iranian Resistance.” 

“One has to keep in mind that this happened despite all the conniving and conspiracy and obstructions by the clerical regime which sought to force the residents to either give up resistance and succumb or to be massacred.” 

“Exploiting the post 2003 situation in Iraq the clerical regime resorted to its utmost to make this a reality. It resorted to three massacres, five rocket attacks, two abductions, imposing a totally inhumane siege on the camp residents. There were only a part of the major scheme that the mullahs pursued in order to achieve their ominous objective. But they failed utterly. As such, this was a major victory for the Iranian Resistance.” 

“The fact that this coincides with the growing movement inside and outside of Iran seeking justice for the 30,000 members of the PMOI who were massacred back in 1988, this development heralds a new dawn for the Iranian Resistance and leads to the defeat of the Iranian regime,” he added.

This, in the midst of the Iranian regime’s conspiracies, obstruction and threats, which continued until the very last day.  The Iranian regime used several devices, including providing red notices to Interpol and using fake arrest warrants issued by the Iraqi Judiciary to prevent the departure of 1,000 PMOI members, especially officials and other well-known figures. They did their best to destroy the PMOI/MEK with three massacres at Camp Ashraf, five missile attacks on Camp Liberty, two cases of abduction of residents, and the imposition of a full-fledged eight-year siege, which left 177 residents dead. 

But the PMOI/MEK weren’t destro yed, and the regime’s defeat in this, especially taking place simultaneously with growing calls for justice for 30,000 political prisoners massacred in 1988, creates a new atmosphere of solidarity for the Iranian people and Resistance.  Additionally, the support extended to the Iranian Resistance by distinguished American, European and Arab personalities gave voice to the dissidents’ words around the world.  The National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) commended these supporters, thanking them for providing a political shield for the resettlement of PMOI members, and praised the tireless efforts of its President-elect Mrs. Maryam Rajavi. 

Over the past year, due to efforts by the Iranian Resistance, the United States Congress, the European Parliament, parliaments in the United Kingdom, as well as in other European and Middle Eastern countries have adopted legislation that obliged them take necessary measures to protect the residents of Liberty and safely transfer them out of Iraq. 

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees stated, “UNHCR is supporting a steady and growing stream of movements out of Iraq in coming months. It is hoped that the process will be completed well before year end. This progress has been achieved with the cooperation of the residents who have proceeded with the relocation process despite difficult circumstances, including the attack on 4 July 2016, which fortunately did not result in any casualties,” on July 19, 2016. 

“Ongoing success in the implementation of solutions has also been assisted by the residents’ commitment to meeting the bulk of the associated costs, particularly for long term support of all residents relocated out of Iraq who have no access to state-sponsored assistance.” The UNHCR added. 

That must have been difficult for the residents, as Iraqi intelligence agents, acting at the behest of the Iranian regime’s ambassador to Iraq (a commander of the terrorist Quds Force), prevented the residents from taking with them their personal belongings, such as computers, radios, cell phones, and even electric shavers, and despite its previous commitments, they prevented the sale of over 90 percent of the residents’ property. The residents had signed a contract with a government-approved Iraqi merchant to sell their property for $10.7 million, but, instead, were only allowed the sale of 10 percent of the property at one-fourth of the market price.  As well, during former Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki’s tenure, residents’ property, worth $550 million was seized and placed at the disposal of the Iraqi military and militias. The Iranian Resistance states its right to legally pursue this matter in courts in order to receive commensurate compensation for the property.

The clerical regime’s Quds Force has provided an assortment of missiles in recent weeks, including a missile-equipped truck at a location near Camp Liberty. Fortunately, the plan to attack was discovered and thwarted by Iraq’s Federal Police.