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Don't remove MKO from terrorist list, Iranian officials tell EU

TEHRAN, Jan. 25 (Mehr News Agency) -- If the European Union is so concerned about the Mojahedin Khalq Organization (MKO), it should "take the members of the terrorist group to one of its member states," the Iranian ambassador to Iraq says.

There is no measure the EU can take to change the nature of this terrorist group, Ambassador Hasan Kazemi Qomi told the Fars News Agency on Saturday.

He made the remarks in response to EU diplomats' tentative agreement to remove the Mojahedin Khalq Organization from the 27-nation bloc's list of terrorist organizations.

The MKO, blacklisted by both the United States and the European Union, moved to Iraq in the 1980s, where it enjoyed the support of former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein.

After the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq in 2003 and the fall of Saddam, the group came under the protection of the U.S.

MP Zohreh Elahian of the Majlis National Security and Foreign Policy Committee said on Saturday that removing the MKO from the terrorist organizations list would undermine the amicable relations between Iran and the EU.

This action will raise questions about the EU's goodwill, she told the Mehr News Agency.

On Saturday, MNA also quoted MP Heshmatollah Falahatpisheh as saying the preliminary agreement between the EU diplomats shows that the EU seeks to turn the MKO's "military game" into a "political game" that will benefit the West.

He also called on Iranian officials to respond to the EU's "non-legal" measure.

MP: Majlis draws up bill to bring MKO members to justice

Tehran, Jan 25, IRNA -- Rapporteur of Majlis National Security and Foreign Policy Commission Kazem Jalali said on Sunday that the Majlis has drawn up a single urgency bill to authorize the government and judiciary to bring MKO members who have committed crimes to justice.

Speaking to IRNA, he said the proposed bill is to be discussed in the Majlis on Tuesday.

MKO has been politically and militarily misused by some foreign states, he said.

MKO members who have not committed any crimes can return home without any problems but others should be brought to justice and punished for their wrongdoings, Jalali said.

"If the judiciary proves their crimes by bringing up lawsuits, they could be prosecuted by international courts or extradited through legal channels," he pointed out.

MKO has officially announced that it has killed over 50,000 civilians as well as Iranian officials, he said.

Protestors criticize France over removal of MKO from terrorist list

Tehran, Jan 25, IRNA -- A large number of people in Tehran stage a protest in front of French embassy in Tehran to denounce the efforts by some European countries to remove MKO from terrorist list.

The angry protestors chanted various mottoes to condemn the move, said a report.

The protestors also issued a statement to lambast the European Union.

"As families of the victims of terrorism, we call for extradition and bringing to justice of MKO members who have killed many of our children and families," said the statement.

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