The Letter of NCRI Representative to Norway's Justice Minister
Oslo 27. Ma, 2019
Honorable Jøran Kallmyr Minister of Justice of the Kingdom of Norway
Dear Mr. Minister
Respectfully, I am attaching a copy of the letter of April 1, 2019 of the PMOI legal counsel in Albania to you which has expressed concerns about the behaviour of Mr. Eskil Engdal, a reporter of Dagens Næringsliv in coming along with an agent of the Iranian Ministry of Intelligence (MOIS) called Gjergji Thanasi to the residence of PMOI opposition group and refugees in Albania which is protected by the local authorities from the plots of the Iranian regime.
How this agent lured Mr.Engdal to this unexpected visit to this highly endangered camp, it remains to be seen. Such behaviours do not meet the standards of professional journalism at all. You kindly read the content of this letter.
These behaviours, of course, were not limited to his coming to Albania and questionable communications and contacts with MOIS agents there, but after this trip such behaviours and contacts have been continued.
The People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI) and the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) have always been the primary target of the clerical regime's terrorism and espionage. The German Department for the Protection of Constitution, the Dutch intelligence service, as well as many other European countries agencies, included the Norway`s PST, have consistently emphasized in recent years that one of the main mission of the intelligence services of the Iranian regime abroad is following and plotting against the PMOI and the National Council of Resistance of Iran.
But here, I want to share with you two issues that worry us about the behavior of this reporter.
First - The journalism cover has always been used by the regime. On July 9, 2017, Ali Fallahian, former Iranian regime’s Minister of Intelligence, who was a planner of the assassination of Dr Kazem Rajavi, representative of the National Council of Resistance in Geneva in April 1990, assassination of Iranian Kurdish leaders in Berlin in September 1992, assassination of Mohammad Hossein Naqadi, representative of the NCRI in Italy, 1993 and many other assassination plots, said in an interview:
“The ministry needs cover for its works to collect information both inside the country and outside. It is obvious that we do not send an agent to Germany or America and for example say, ok, I am an agent of the information ministry and I am here to collect information, please give that to me. Obviously, he would work under the cover of business or other jobs including reporters. You know many of our reporters are actually ministry agents.”
In March 2018, a plot to bomb the PMOI New Year celebration in Tirana was foiled and two of the agents of the Ministry of Intelligence who were sent to Albania under the cover of reporters were arrested and expelled. In this regard, a few months later, the regime's Ambassador to Albania and the head of its intelligence station were expelled from Albania. President Trump praised the Prime Minister of Albania in a letter, which is enclosed.
This year, in 16 February, a reporter of German Der Speigel who worked for two years in Iran, was lured and probably bribed by the MOIS, published a series of baseless and biased allegations in order to demonize and tarnish the face of the most organized and the largest opposition group both inside and outside of Iran. Upon a complaint filed by NCRI a verdict has been announced by the Hamburg court against Der Spiegel. On 26 March this year the Associated Press wrote: “A German court has ordered weekly magazine Spiegel to pull passage from an article that an exiled Iranian opposition group engaged in "torture” and “psycoterror”, saying the article didn`t support the allegations. The Hamburg state court said in its ruling that it would fine the magazine 250.000 euros (about 282.000 dollars) if the passage about the Mujahedeen-e-Khalgh camp in Albania weren`t removed". Kindly see the enclosed statement about this case.
Second - The role of the regime's embassy in Oslo is well-known to you for organizing such plots. The regime's embassy played a significant role in such dangerous activities. You are aware about the relations of the mullahs’ regime embassy and regime ambassador in Norway such as his close ties with the terrorist arrested in Denmark, Mohammad Davoodzadeh Louloui. He was arrested for participating in a terrorist plot against Iranian dissidents in Denmark.
The statement of the NCRI’s Security Committee is attached.
It is widely noticed that, the role of other embassies of the regime in crimes, terror plots and spying against the opposition in the past year has risen unprecedentedly. In last July, Assadollah Assadi, a so-called diplomat in Austria was arrested in Germany and extradited to Belgium, while he was delivering a highly lethal bomb to two other terrorists in Luxembourg to be placed in the 30 June huge rally of NCRI in Paris. Since that date he and the two others are awaiting trial in Belgium. In addition to this I draw the attention of your honour, to the expulsion of a regime diplomat from the embassy in France and two other diplomats from the Netherlands in the same period.
While I myself, as an Iranian-Norwegian citizen, appreciate the democracy of Norway, which is among the feu best in the world, needless to remind us all that democracy is very vulnerable to infiltrations, misuse and plots from unhuman totalitarian regimes.
In light of the above mentioned facts, in order to prevent the repetition of experiences such as the plot of the arrested terrorist, Mohammad Davoudzadeh, currently under custody in Denmark, I request your honour to remain aware of this case and to take all necessary legal measures to make Norwegian society and its great democracy safe for all the freedom loving people living here.
Perviz S Khazai former act-ambassador in Sweden and Norway
Nordic Representative for National Council of Resistance of Iran - Oslo
The Letter of PMOI's Legal Advisor to ِEditor in Chief of Norwegian DN
1 April 2019
Mr. Amund Djuve
Dear Mr. Djuve
I, as the legal advisor for the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI) in Albania, am writing to draw your attention to a perturbing matter.
On 27 March 2019 , an infamous agent of the Iranian Ministry of Intelligence (MOIS) and the Iranian regime’s embassy in Albania called Gjergji Thanasi, along with a journalist that we subsequently found out his name was Eskil Engdal from Dagens Naeringsliv newspaper, appeared in front of the residential compound of the Iranian refugees, members of the PMOI in Manez in province of Durres in Albania.
The two unexpectedly came to the entry gate and started to take photo of the compound ignoring the signs indicating that taking photo and filming was prohibited. When the Albanian security guards asked them not to take photos, they aggressively continued with taking photos.
The PMOI members as the democratic opposition of the Iranian regime are under continuous deadly terrorist threats of the Iranian regime. Indeed, just one year ago in March 2018, an Iranian regime’s plot to bomb the PMOI members gathering celebrating the Iranian New Year in their own compound was foiled and two terrorists dispatched from Iran were expelled from Albania. The continuation of the investigations led to the expulsions of the Iranian ambassador and a regime’s high ranking intelligence agent present in Albanian under cover of a diplomat. (Washington Times, 20 December 2018,
Gjergji Thanasi is involved in espionage and dirty activities against PMOI members in Albania. The Iranian Intelligence Ministry (MOIS) took him to Iran under cover of a journalist for further briefing and instructions in January 2019. In the past, under the guise of a chauffeur or interpreter, he has approached the PMOI compound for espionage, filming and collecting information about security systems of the compound that are to protect the members from attacks by the Iranian regime’s terrorists.
After popular uprisings in Iran in January 2018 and the end of US appeasement of this regime, the Iranian regime has resorted to intense terrorism and disinformation campaigns against the PMOI and Iranian Resistance, believing this to be a remedy to its existential crisis; therefore, it resorts to any dirty conspiracy. In addition to the attempt to bomb the New Year ceremony hall in Albania last year, I should refer to another foiled bombing plot in 30 June 2018 against a PMOI gathering in Paris and a spying and assassination attempt against Iranian resistance in USA and arrest of two MOIS agents in this regard on 20 August 2018. (Enclosure 1)
While there is no doubt that the Iranian regime is trying to repeat its March 2018 foiled plots in Albania and the security guards were in full alert, The questionable and suspicious behavior of your journalist alongside an agent of the Iranian regime is an increasing disturbing matter.
Furthermore, we have been informed that Mr. Engdal has met with some MOIS agents, including Hassan Heyrani, who call themselves former members of the PMOI and are on the payroll of the Iranian regime’s embassy in Albania.
I would like to let you know that since beginning of 2018 that members of the PMOI have moved to the current location, dozens of Albanian and International reporters and US and European personalities including Albanian Ministers have freely visited the compound. In addition, Albanian citizens in large and small groups come to the compound to visit their friends. (Enclosure 2)
For your information, Der Spiegel magazine in a completely biased article by a journalist who was trapped by the Iranian regime, covered falsehoods of some agents of the Iranian regime. Then it was condemned in March 2019 by Hamburg Court to remove from all its documents some allegations against PMOI or otherwise threatened to pay "fine of up to €250,000, and in the event that this cannot be recovered," with a custodial sentence of up to six months. (Enclosure 3)
We would respectfully ask you not to allow your newspaper and journalist to become unwantedly tools of the Mullahs regimes to enhance its objectives and prepare the grounds for assassinations of the Iranian refugees in Albania.
Legal advisor for the PMOI in Albania