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36 MKO members to be tried in Iraq soon: Official

TEHRAN, Aug. 17 (Mehr News Agency) - An Iraqi judicial official has said a number of 36 MKO members will stand trial in coming days, Buratha news agency reported on Monday. The trial will be held in a court in Al-Khalis, a village roughly 15 kilometers north of Baqubah in one of the six districts of the Iraqi Diyala province.

Camp Ashraf, which now houses about 3500 MKO members, is located in Al-khalis district.

These 36 members are in jail due to their involvement in clashes between Iraqi police force and the MKO in Camp Ashraf, the official said.

On July 28, Iraqi soldiers and riot police stormed Camp Ashraf, triggering violent clashes that left at least 260 people injured.

The clashes happened as dialogue between Iraqi forces and MKO proved unproductive.

Also 10 Iraqi political parties - including Islamic Supreme Council of Iraq, Islamic Dawa Party, Kurdistan Democratic Party, the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan, Kurdistan Islamic Union, Leftist Worker-Communist Party of Iraq, Iraqi National Dialogue Front - Kurdistan Islamic Union, Assyrian Democratic Movement, Kurdistan Communist Party - have called for the expulsion of MKO group from Iraq, according to a statement published on Iraqi newspaper Al Sabah website.

The Mojahedin Khalq Organization began a campaign of assassinations and bombings in Iran shortly after the victory of the Islamic Revolution in 1979.

The group moved to Iraq in the early 1980s and it fought Iran from there until the United States invaded in 2003 and until recently the group was guarded by U.S. troops in their base.

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