Hotel Mohajer in Baghdad

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Base of Ministry of Intelligence and Terrorist Quds Force to carry out plots against Camp Liberty residents

Following the U.S.-led occupation of Iraq in 2003 and the U.S. military taking over the responsibility of providing protection for Camp Ashraf, they established a facility entitled TIPF north of Camp Ashraf to station those who left the PMOI. During those years the Ministry of Intelligence (MOIS) and terrorist Quds Force were able to gain increasing influence in this facility in order to obtain intelligence, spy and recruit agents for their various missions. However, after TIPF was closed down in 2008 the Iraqi government – in coordination with the Iranian regime – allocated different hotels in Baghdad for those who were expelled from PMOI or left the organization. Currently, these facilities are completely placed at the service of the MOIS and Quds Force. MOIS agents in these hotels resort to imposing pressures on these individuals through organized measures, threatening or enticing them, all aimed at recruiting them for their own objectives. The goal is to obtain enough intelligence on one hand, launching a demonizing campaign against the People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI), and paving the grounds for attacks against the residents by Iraqi forces associated to the Iranian regime. The Bureau of Investigation Journalism wrote on April 8, 2011 that the Iraqi government gave Iranian officials access to former MEK members under house arrest in Iraq. It reports that one of the individuals claims they were individually interviewed by an Iranian official while under the custody of the Iraqi government in a hotel in Baghdad... He added that the same official promised to help him move to the West if he collaborated “in activities against the MEK”, and interviewed other members of the group from a desk set up in the hotel corridor.

One such facility is Hotel Mohajer located in Baghdad’s Karade Avenue near Tahrir Square. This hotel has currently become one of the main MOIS and Quds Force centers in Iraq.

A look at a few measures taken by the Iranian regime in Baghdad’s Hotel Mohajer:

1. At first an individual by the name of Kiumarth (Gholam-Ali), aka Haj Ali, was in charge of the hotel. He is a known MOIS agent in the Iranian regime’s embassy in Baghdad. Later on this role was passed on to a brigadier general of the Quds Force with a nom de guerre of Sajjad. He had in the past worked in the “Nefagh Bureau” (a special MOIS branch allocated to the crackdown and annihilation of the PMOI). This brigadier officially works in the Iranian regime embassy in Baghdad, yet he normally stays in a separate suite of Hotel Mohajer. Another agent by the name of “Mahmoud” of the Badr Corps is responsible for the transportation of this Quds Force element between Hotel Mohajer and the Iranian regime’s embassy. 

Sajjad’s mission is not summarized in Iraq. In addition to hiring agents in Hotel Mohajer he is in constant contact with other intelligence agents in various other countries, including Albania. Albania is hosting a large number of Liberty residents, and therefore the MOIS and Quds Force have increased their activities in this country in order to recruit anyone who leaves the organization. 

2. Danaie-Far, the Iranian regime’s ambassador in Iraq (also a known senior Quds Force element) wears local clothing when commuting to this hotel to cover up his actual identity. He normally comes to the hotel to ensure the Iranian regime’s plots and agendas are being pursued. A number of other Quds Force and MOIS agents under the names of “Mousavi” and “Hosseini” are continuously seen commuting to the hotel. They are also in close contact with the Ashraf Committee directed by Iraqi national security advisor Falih Fayyad. This Committee is in fact a government committee in charge of controlling camps Ashraf and Liberty.

3. Whenever an individual is expelled from PMOI or leaves the organization, the individual is first transferred to this hotel by the Iraqi forces in coordination with the Iranian regime’s embassy. In this hotel the individual is held for some time at the first floor at a section that is a quarantine area to allow Sajjad “interview” him and evaluate the possibility of the individual becoming an Iranian regime agent. According to the result of this “interview”, the separated individual is then transferred to rooms in the 2nd, 3rd and 4th floors, or in some cases, such as those agents who are used in specific operations against Camp Liberty residents, they disappear to keep their identities unknown. They remain in the dark and no information is leaked about them. Massoud Dalili Dakhel (Bahman Afraze) was one such individual.

4. MOIS agents carry out measures in coordination with various agents of the Iraqi security apparatus linked to the Iranian regime’s embassy in Baghdad. They threaten or try to entice the said individuals in order to agree to cooperate with the Iranian regime. One such tactic used by the Iranian regime is to hinder and stonewall the refugee dossiers of these individuals with the UNHCR. Another tactic is to isolate the individual and not allowing them to leave the hotel. Even those who seek to return to Iran are not allowed at first and are kept at the hotel. In this regard the 2013 Red Cross annual global report shows that throughout the course of 2013 the Iranian regime only accepted two such individuals.

5. The goal is to break the will, exhaust and make these individuals hopeless, impelling them to fully cooperate with the Ministry of Intelligence. In the next step, after becoming ensured about the fact that the individual can become an Iranian regime agent, they are transferred to Iran, Europe or other countries, depending on their mission. Currently the Iranian regime’s priority is sending these agents “under the pretext of refugees” and “former PMOI members” to Europe to discredit the Iranian Resistance and neutralize the increasing international support rallying behind this resistance movement and the Liberty residents on one hand, and also preparing the grounds for future attacks and the inhumane siege against Liberty residents on the other. Individuals that are allocated for specific security missions are transferred to Iran. Some of the agents that are candidates of taking part in special missions in Europe are first secretly transferred to Iran, and after undergoing exclusive “briefing and training” they are sent to Iraq, from there to Turkey and finally Europe.

6. The regime’s agents force new recruits to take part in video interviews against the PMOI. The monthly salary of these individuals, prior to becoming full time agents, is very low. The MOIS had for some time even lowered the salaries of these individuals from 105,000 Iraqi dinars (around $86) to 70,000 dinars (around $58) to force them into serious financial problems and force them to cooperate with the regime. For example, in the past the Iranian embassy would pay $100 and take these individuals to Ashraf for TV interviews against their former colleagues. These measures were aimed at paving the path for attacks against the residents. The MOIS at times transferred these individuals from Hotel Mohajer to Ashraf under the pretext of the “residents’ family members”, under the full support of Iraqi army forces. In some cases MOIS agents would force them to cooperate further by offering a phone or a set of clothing, whereas the PMOI had provided as much support it could to any individual that sought not to go to the Iranian regime. The documents of over $300,000 of financial support in Ashraf to the individuals in TIPF after it was shut down, and documents of the money provided in Liberty are obtainable from the Secretariat of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI). 

7. The Iranian embassy in Baghdad issues Iranian passports for those who have been recruited as agents in Hotel Mohajer, and are scheduled to be transferred to Europe. They then receive a down payment of $700 as their two-month salary and dispatched to Turkey. These agents in Turkey receive $350 a month from the MOIS. The MOIS then provides the money to smuggle them to Europe and MOIS agents in Europe receive them.

Below are the names of a number of agents who have been hired by the MOIS and pave the path for the massacre of Ashraf and Liberty residents. These agents, after their separation, are transferred to Hotel Mohajer where they are threatened and bribed, and finally hired by the MOIS in order to, on a full-time scale and with the utmost hatred, carry out measures against their former colleagues. It is worth noting that individuals who cannot tolerate the conditions in Liberty leave the camp. During the past forty decades, hundreds of PMOI supporters and former members from different ranks have left the organization. However, most of them continue to take part in PMOI rallies and provide financial support for the PMOI.

Various individuals hired by the MOIS in Hotel Mohajer and involved in murder and crimes against former colleagues

MOIS HoseeinNeghadGhorban-Ali Hossein Nezhad: He left Camp Liberty in April 2012 and was transferred by Iraqi forces to Hotel Mohajer where he was used by the MOIS and Quds Force in various phases against the residents in Ashraf and Liberty. The MOIS took him to Ashraf time and again in their recon missions (prior to the September 1, 2013 massacre). He was also transferred to Ashraf along with other MOIS agents over and again to throw stones at the residents inside the camp. In one such incident a resident by the name of Hassan Jabbari (murdered by Iraqi forces in the September 1, 2013 massacre) was severely injured. The MOIS also used this agent in destroying the cemetery in Ashraf, and they went on to take part in various press conferences in Baghdad, further pursuing their demonizing campaign against the PMOI.

In future stages the MOIS sent him to Iran to receive further training to advance their terrorist plots and demonizing campaign against the PMOI in Europe. He was then sent abroad to begin an effort of publishing slander against the residents of Camp Liberty and especially the activities of NCRI President-elect Mrs. Maryam Rajavi. 

reza rajabzadeh 1Reza Rajabzadeh: In 2012 as he was no longer able to tolerate the harsh siege conditions in Camp Liberty he announced his wish to leave the PMOI and after receiving financial support he was introduced to the UNHCR to depart Liberty. After leaving Liberty he was transferred to Hotel Mohajer. However, he was immediately used by the MOIS in Hotel Mohajer against the PMOI. On November 16, 2013 the MOIS transferred him from Hotel Mohajer to take part in a joint Iraqi Prime Ministry Office and Iranian embassy assembly in Baghdad University to claim that the September 1, 2013 massacre in Ashraf was carried out by the PMOI themselves (!), and “the PMOI had killed their own members”. Moreover, in reports aired in state-run Iranian regime TV on December 2013 he was further used in the demonizing campaign against the PMOI and Liberty residents.

Along with other individuals he was recruited by the MOIS and on March 6th, 2014 in a letter to former Iraqi prime minister Nouri al-Maliki they expressed their utmost gratitude over the massacre of Ashraf residents and the criminal siege imposed on Liberty.

KhatamiAli Mohammad Khatami: This individual introduced himself to Iraqi forces in Camp Liberty on December 19, 2012, and then transferred to Hotel Mohajer. He was finally recruited by the MOIS in Hotel Mohajer and was placed under briefings and training by MOIS and Quds Force agents in this very hotel.

On December 14, 2013 while stationed in Hotel Mohajer, along with 18 other regime agents Ali Mohammad Khatami was transferred to Ashraf by the Iranian embassy, in coordination with Maliki and his national security advisor, and enjoying the support of Maliki’s army. Their mission was to make a scene and prepare bogus reports, and images and video footages of various facilities inside Ashraf. These measures were carried out exactly after the September 1, 2013 massacre in Ashraf.

Issa azadeh 1Issa Azadeh: He is fundamentally an MOIS agent in Europe. Due to the fact that he couldn’t tolerate the hardships of the struggle against the Iranian regime, after the PMOI asked him to leave many times, he finally was transferred on December 26, 2012 by Iraqi forces to Hotel Mohajer in Baghdad. In the few months of his stay in Hotel Mohajer he was fully recruited by Quds Force brigadier general Sajjad, Mousavi and Hosseini for the MOIS. The MOIS used him to threaten entice other individuals in the hotel. Due to the information he had about the area inside Camp Liberty he was used in planning rocket attacks against the camp. In return for his services he was allowed to freely exit the “hotel” and commute easily in Baghdad, while other agents are not able to leave the hotel without MOIS approval and without being controlled and accompanied by Iraqi agents.

The MOIS issued an Iranian passport for him numbered 16359085 dated February 12th, 2013, and dispatched him to Iran for “briefing and training” in order to carry out his specified missions. After receiving the necessary training he was transferred to France as a “refugee” in order to join other agents in the psychological war and demonizing campaign against the PMOI in Europe.

Ehsan bidiEhsan Bidi: After the residents of Ashraf were transferred to Camp Liberty this individual was taken to Baghdad’s Hotel Mohajer by Iraqi forces on April 19th, 2012 as he had immense fear and could no longer tolerate the harsh conditions in Ashraf. He was immediately recruited by the MOIS and afterwards used against the residents of Ashraf and Liberty in press conferences held by the Iranian regime’s embassy in Baghdad. In future stages the Iranian embassy in Baghdad transferred him to Albania on October 16th, 2013 under the pretext of a refugee and a “former PMOI member”, using an Iranian passport numbered 16359072. He was there used to carry out the Iranian regime’s terrorist plots against the PMOI members stationed in that country. 

Massoud Dalili Dakhel:
This individual could no longer tolerate the harsh conditions in Camp Ashraf following the April 8th, 2011 attack by Iraqi forces. He finally left Ashraf on September 16th of that year after the Maliki – in his service to the Iranian Zalili 1regime – issued the December 31st, 2011 deadline to close down Camp Ashraf. He was transferred by Iraqi forces to Hotel Mohajer afterwards. This individual was a member of the security guards in PMOI camps across Iraq. He was specifically in this field of work in the years in Ashraf after 2003. Therefore, he was familiar with all the paths, obstacles, roadblocks, main and secondary routes in Ashraf. This is exactly why Iraqi forces used him as their guide in the massacre of 52 Ashraf residents on September 1st, 2013. When they were departing Ashraf after the attack the Iraqi forces killed him and splashed acid on his face to prevent his identification.

Maysam Panahi: He was expelled by PMOI from Camp Liberty in April 2012. He was subsequently transferred to Hotel Mohajer. After being recruited by MOIS in hotel, he was moved to Germany to spy on the PMOI activities. On October 28, 2015 Germany’s federal prosecutors announced that on October 23 it has arrested a 31-year-old man Maysam Panahi on the charge of being an Iranian regime Intelligence Ministry (MOIS) agent and for his spying on the People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK). According to this report, the houses of another five were inspected by German federal prosecutors on the similar charge of spying against PMOI. According to the federal prosecutors, the arrested spy was being paid by MOIS for his spying activities.


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