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Britain urged not to remove MKO from its terrorist list

Tehran, June 24, IRNA - Iran's government spokesman on Tuesday urged the British government not to remove the terrorist Mujahedin-e Khalq Organization (MKO) from its terrorist blacklist.

Addressing a local judicial seminar, he referred to the 1981 terrorist operation at the headquarters of former Islamic Republic Party as a catastrophe which took place by the MKO members.

The then judiciary chief Ayatollah Mohammad Hosseini Beheshti and 72 other government officials were martyred in the explosion of a bomb planted by the MKO members in 1981.

The MKO terrorist grouplet is backed by spiritual and military support of the so-called advocates of the anti-terrorism campaign, Elham, who is also Justice Minister, regretted.

"We advise the British government to hesitate in removing the name of the grouplet from its terrorist blacklist," Elham said.

British lawmakers decided to lift a ban on the MKO on Monday, following a court decision last month that ruled the government had to remove it from a terrorist blacklist.

The order to remove the MKO, which was originally banned in 2001, from Britain's list of proscribed groups will come into effect later this week, after it was approved without a vote.

The MKO, formed in the 1960s, is on the European Union's list of terrorist organizations subject to an EU-wide assets freeze, and has been designated by the US government as a foreign terrorist organization.

Proscribed groups are banned from operating in Britain and it is illegal for an individual to belong to, encourage support for, or wear clothing that arouses suspicion that the individual is a member or supporter of one.

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