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13 repentant MKO members return to Iran

Tehran, Nov 3, IRNA-Thirteen repentant members of the terrorist group Mujahedin Khalq Organization (MKO) returned home from Iraq on Wednesday with assistance from world rescue institutions.

The returnees had long requested the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) to arrange for their return to Iran.

The Iranian government has announced that all repentant members of the terrorist group can return to the country and live normal lives.

Upon arrival in Tehran, the 13 MKO members were taken to Iranian hospitals to undergo medical examination for treatment of any health problem acquired through exposure for several years to harsh conditions.

The families of the repentant members, who were on hand to welcome them upon their arrival at Mehrabad International Airport, were given permission to visit them in their hospitals on Thursday on condition they comply with hospital regulations.

In an interview with IRNA, some of the returnees expressed grave concern over the fate of other repentant MKO members who have not yet left Iraq.

According to them, except for a limited number of terrorists acting in Iraq as US spies, intelligence agents and/or subversives, the majority of MKO members have expressed the desire to return to Iran.

A list of the names of the 13 MKO members who have returned can be obtained at the ICRC but these members themselves are reluctant to reveal their names because of any backlash or simply because they wish to start life anew.

A number of parents of MKO members called on the ICRC Wednesday to help them find the addresses of their children who may also be among those deceived by the terrorist organization in Iraq.

A former commander of the "Liberation Army', the military wing of the MKO, speaking to news agencies in the Swedish capital, Stockholm, on Tuesday said, "Nothing is known as to the whereabouts of 250 members of the MKO who have expressed the desire to leave Iraq and to return to Iran.

"They are likely to have been detained at the MKO houses of detention in Iraq or delivered to the US and British troops for terrorist acts inside and outside Iraq or killed," he added.

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