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A number of former MKO members repatriated to Iran

Tehran, Dec 20, IRNA -- MKO members who have recently renounced the grouplet in Iraq arrived home in Tehran on Monday. The repatriation was conducted under supervision of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).

photo: ISNA

According to IRNA, the group consisted of MKO veterans who had ideological challenges with their high ranking figures and voiced readiness to come back home.

These members will join their families after medical tests which may last five to seven days, said a security official at Mehrabad International Airport.

photo: ISNA

Another 600 MKO members are in coordination with ICRC to leave Iraq and repatriate, said Behrouz Soltani an former MKO member.

"We, as well as other MKO members, were under a very severe and intolerable situation in Iraq and were doing a count-down to return home," he said.

photo: ISNA

Foreign Ministry spokesman Hamid Reza Asefi said on Sunday that repatriation of these people are in line with supporting the civic rights of all Iranians.

The Islamic Republic of Iran lauds the efforts of the ICRC which help prepare grounds for repatriation of others who voice readiness, Asefi said.

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