London, Dec 13, IRNA - Prime Minister Gordon Brown Thursday defended his government's decision to refuse to deproscribe the anti-Iran Mujahideen-e Khalq Organisation (MKO), saying that it was still a terrorist group.
There was "no evidence" that the MKO had changed, Brown said, while facing questions from the parliamentary Liaison Committee of committee chairmen.
He said he had looked at the issues surrounding the MKO and that it was "certainly the case it has been involved in terrorist activity."
"It is the right thing to do" in outlawing the terrorist group as a proscribed organisation under the country's Terrorism Act 2000, the prime minister said.
The British government announced on December 1 that it had rejected a decision by the Proscribed Organisations Appeal Commission that the MKO, which is also banned in Europe and the US, should be removed from the UK's terrorism blacklist.
"I am disappointed at this judgement. We don't accept it and we intend to appeal," Home Office Minister Tony McNulty said.
He added that the MKO would remain on the UK's list of banned terror organisations during the appeal.
Visiting London at the time, secretary of the National Security Council Saeed Jalili said that Britain would be setting a terrible precedent if it proceeded to lift a ban outlawing the terrorist group.
"If they do, this would be a very bad record in the British history," Jalili said.
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