MKO must be prosecuted for terrorism: Iranian lawmaker

An Iranian lawmaker says the terrorist anti-Iran Mujahedin-e Khalq Organization (MKO) must be prosecuted and brought to justice for its acts of terrorism.

“Given the crimes committed by MKO members, the international bodies should pay heed to the requests of the families who have fallen victim to MKO terrorist activities and bring its members to trial or hand them over to our country (Iran)’s Judiciary,” said Mohammad-Saleh Jokar, a member of the National Security and Foreign Policy Committee of Iran's Majlis.

Jokar also described the group as “treacherous” and “the most repugnant” terrorist organization in the eyes of the Iranian nation.

He said that the international bodies, swayed by major powers, have lost their efficiency, failing to administer justice when it comes to organizations like the MKO.

In December 2012, Canada's government said that it had removed the MKO from its official list of terrorist organizations.

Ottawa's move to delist the MKO terrorist group followed similar moves by the United States and the European Union.

Jokar noted that it is unacceptable for the so-called advocates of human rights to turn a blind eye to the countless crimes of the MKO.

In September 2012, Iran's Ambassador to Iraq Hassan Danaeifard said Tehran had filed lawsuits with Iraqi courts against MKO leaders, adding that many legal complaints have also been filed against the MKO within Iraq as well.

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

The group fled to Iraq in 1986, where it received the support of Iraq's executed dictator Saddam Hussein and set up its camp near the Iranian border.

Out of the nearly 17,000 Iranians killed in terrorist attacks since the victory of the Islamic Revolution in 1979, some 12,000 have fallen victim to the acts of terror carried out by the MKO.

The group also sided with Saddam during Iraq’s eight-year imposed war against the Islamic Republic.