Below is additional evidence refuting the MOIS disinformation that the Mojahedin was involved in suppressing the Kurdish and Shiite uprisings in 1991:
|Ayatollah Iyad Jamal ad-Din
Ayatollah Iyad Jamal ad-Din
Senior Shiite cleric, Ayatollah Iyad Jamal ad-Din, Deputy Chair of the Foreign Affairs Committee of Iraq’s Council of Representatives, was asked in an interview with Al-Arabiya about the MEK’s alleged suppression of the Kurds in 1991. The Ayatollah responded:
“I have personally followed up and reviewed many of the files in the intelligence services of the previous government and special security agencies to see whether I could find a single page of evidence, or a photograph or a document or evidence that the Mujahedin-e Khalq took part in the crackdown against the people of Iraq….In my view, these lies are being disseminated by the Iranian intelligence to tarnish the image of the Mujahedin-e Khalq.”1
Mr. Emmanuel Ludot, a French jurist and one of the lawyers representing a former Iraqi head of state, disclosed in October 2005 a proposal made to him by Sedeq Kharrazi, then the Iranian ambassador to France, asking him to attribute the chemical attacks on Iraqi Kurds to the MEK. Mr. Ludot said in a television interview, “The Iranian ambassador told me [to] say Iranians did not gas the Kurds …[that] this was the work of the MEK.”2
Sami Ghazi al-Assadi, the Secretary General Intifidiya Movement of Shaabania, a prominent Iraqi Shiite organizations, issued a statement on November 18, 2006, concerning the false claim the Mojahedin suppressed the 1991 Shiite rebellion:
“Hereby we certify to you and the whole world that the People’s Mujahedin Organization of Iran had no participation in suppressing the Shiite movement against the previous government in 1991 and there is no evidence to that; rather it is the invidious claims and rumors by the Iranian regime’s agents against them.”3
Grand Shiekhs, nobles, and NGOs in the southern provinces of Iraq, sent a letter to Mr. Ashraf Qazi, Special Representative of Secretary General (SRSG) for Iraq, UNAMI on 27th of June 2007 that stated:
“We know the PMOI, who have been our dear guests in Iraq for [the] last twenty-one years, comprehensively and have seen nothing, except friendship and goodwill from them. The Iranian regime is aware of this close relationship and finds it as a threat to its agressive goals for dominating Iraq; therefore, it has been pursuing illegitimate tactics against the PMOI such as, subjecting them to vicious calumnies, fabricating false stories, using abusive methods…to facilitate their extradition to Iran or for their expulsion from Iraq.
“One of those is the so-called engagement of the PMOI in the suppression of the Entifadeh Shabaniyeh (the people uprising) movement in 1991, which is totally false and the PMOI has never interfered in Iraqi internal affairs and always has insisted on its neutral positions.”
The above letter was signed by:
Al Sheikh Faysal Ojaybi Sahar Al Mhdavi, General Secretary of the Association of the Iraqi Tribes
Al Sheikh Jabbar Mahdi jasim, Grand Sheikh of the Albouei tribe
Salim Khozair Makki, head of Abou Ghorab and Al Hendiah office in Iraq
Al Sheikh Hakim Moujed Samavi Alsablavi, Grand Sheikh of Al Shable tribe in the Divanieh province
Al Sheikh Mohammad Ojaybi Sahar
Al Sheik Habib Mahmoud, chief of the Al Ghazab tribe
Adnan Batloul, head of security at Iraqi Al Entefadeh
Al Sheikh Valid Mohammad Jasim, Al Rihat tribe
Nejat Hasson Olabi, Fahad Abbas Fahad, and Hadi Hassan Oudeh at Al Entegadeh
In November 2007, 300,000 Shiites from southern Iraq voiced their support for the MEK and rejected allegations by the MOIS that the resistance group suppressed Shiites in Iraq. The Shiites declared:
“Allegations of the PMOI’s involvement in killing of Iraqi Shiites and claims by the agents of the Iranian regime through Iraqi judiciary in this respect are absolutely false, bearing no legal credibility or judicial credence. These only unveil the extent in which the Iranian regime is meddling in Iraqi political and judicial bodies and institutions.”4
The MEK could not have obtained the broad support of the Shiite community in Iraq had it been involved in any way in putting down the 1991 rebellion.
1) Ayatollah Lyad Jamal as-Din interview, Panorama Program, Al-Arabiya Television Network, January 28, 2009.
2) Emmanuel Lodot interview, ARTE French-German Television channel, September 27, 2005.
3) Statement, Intifadieh Movement of Shaabania, Sami Ghazi al-Assadi, Secretary of Intifadieh Movement of Shaabani, November 18, 2006.
4) “Declaration by 300,000 Iraqi Shiites,” Iran Liberation. National Council of Resistance in Iran, No. 254, December 3, 2007. See articles for other details: “Shiites in S. Iraq Rebuke Tehran; Petition Calls for U.N. Probe Into Iran’s Influence, Sheiks Say,” Washington Post, November 22, 2007. New story also reported on CNN.com, “Tribal Leader: Evicting Iranian Regime is Only Solution for Iraq,” November 23.