Recently, the American media introduced a book titled “Iran: Ayatollah’s Hidden Hand, Tehran’s Covert Campaign to Undermine Its Principal Opposition, the Mujahedin-e Khalq (MEK)”. This book, written by Professor Ivan Sasha Sheehan, vice president of the School of Public Relations at the University of Baltimore, explains how operatives of the demonization campaign of the Iranian regime try to divert favorable opinions towards the MEK.
Professor Sheehan writes that the Iranian regime pays four times more attention to the MEK in its official media than all the groups and individuals of the opposition together and attacks them in the most severe way.
Ashraf 3 in Albania, where members of the MEK are stationed, is one of the centers of severe attacks and falsifications by the Iranian regime. Especially, the Iranian regime can buy various television programs against the MEK through a few local mercenaries.
For example, recently, a TV program aired an interview with a person named Ali Asghar Zamani, who claims to have escaped from Ashraf 3. While according to the documents published by the websites opposed to the Iranian regime, this person has been ordered many times and asked to leave the Mojahedin and Ashraf3.
At the bottom of one of these documents, where the expulsion order was served, he writes in his own handwriting on dated 3 September 2023,: “The Mojahedin Organization has notified me 5 times so far to leave, but I wrote a request for registration and membership….. My proposal and request is for the organization to accept my asylum here [Ashraf3] for one year until the political situation is clarified.”
However, due to his suspicious security behaviors, his request was not accepted later and was ordered to leave.
Publicly joining Iranian regime gangs
In the evening of the same day that Zamani was expelled from Ashraf 3, according to a previous arrangement, he went directly to one of the two gangs of the regime’s intelligence service in Albania under the name of Asila. (Another network of the regime operates under the name of the Nejat Society of Albania) The local mercenary of the regime, Dashamir Mersuli, who is registered as the head of this network, immediately published a photo with Zamani on Facebook called Afer & Larg on 14 September 2023.
On the same night of September 14, there was a conflict between Dashamir Mersuli from Asila and another gang of the Iranian regime called Nejat Society of Albania. The police took most of the people of both gangs, including Mersuli and Zamani, to Tirana Police Station No. 4.
In the meantime, another local agent of the regime named Gjergji Thanasi from Asila network lied on his Facebook that “Mojahedin are planning to kidnap Zamani when he escaped from Ashraf 3. Therefore, the police arrived, and he was taken to Tirana Police Station No 4 to be taken care of.” He also gave this fake news to the Albanian media to publish it.
Subsequently, by further investigation, it became clear that the fight between the two gangs and going to the police station was because which one of the two gangs would first introduce Ali Asghar Zamani as their new member so that they could receive more money from the Iranian MOIS.
Six days later, on September 20, according to the Nejat Society’s Facebook page, the MOIS transferred responsibility for the exploitation of Zamani in the Albanian media from the Asila network to the Nejat Society and another hired agent, Aldo Sollulari. \
It is reported that Aldo Sollulari, on behalf of the Ministry of Intelligence of the Iranian regime (MOIS), has bought one or two programs on Albanian-language televisions so that Zamani, as a new means of MOIS propaganda, repeats the lies enriched by the MOIS against MEK members in Ashraf3.
According to sources specializing in Iran affairs, lies like what he once said and are broadcasted without verification in these programs, not only distract people from the truth, but also serve as an excuse for the propaganda of the Iranian regime to suppress Ashraf and also to suppress MEK prisoners and their families inside Iran. Disseminating such lies, considering the consequences, would be a psychological torture: A very unethical thing to do to the guests of Albania in Ashraf who a substantial number of them have endured severe torture in the Iranian regime’s dungeons.