Sunday, October 02, 2005

Iran Daily - Front Page - 10/03/05 - 600 Ex-MKO Members Back Home

Iran Daily - Front Page - 10/03/05: "600 Ex-MKO Members Back Home

KASHAN, Isfahan,
Oct. 2--Director of Isfahan’s office for Freedom Society said on Sunday 600 former members of the terrorist Mujahideen Khalq Organization (MKO) who defected in the past two years are presently living with their families.
Seyyed Mohsen Hashemi also told IRNA that 28 defected people are from Isfahan province.
He thanked the government for accepting the people by saying that the defected MKO members were treated kindly despite the fact they should have faced long jail terms.
“A total of 1,600 Iranian families have visited Iraq to see their relatives in the past two years,“ he added.
Hashemi, also an MKO defector, noted that these families visited Iraq’s Shiite holy sites and their relatives in MKO’s Ashraf Military Camp.
Asked about the Freedom Society, Hashemi said a group of MKO members who defected to Iran in early 2003 gathered at the Foreign Ministry and expressed their willingness to establish the society to help MKO defectors return home.
Hashemi further urged the Islamic Republic to help MKO defectors."