Abdolhamid Rigi, the brother of Jundullah leader Abdolmalek Rigi,
talks to Press TV
Revelations by the brother of Jundullah leader Abdolmalek Rigi confirm reports
that the US helped the armed separatist ring carry out terror activities in
In a recent interview, Abdulhamid Rigi told Press TV that since 2005, his
brother had repeatedly met with US agents in Islamabad and Karachi and
communicated with them through a common link.
"In Pakistan, Malek [Abdolmalek Rigi] contacted an individual that resided in
the US who then put him through to the FBI. So, Malek said that he would go to
Islamabad and meet with the Americans," he explained.
"A few days after he returned from his first meeting, we asked him about it. God
knows what really passed, but according to what he told us, he said he met with
the Americans. As Malik was involved with al-Qaeda and the Americans knew about
it, they had questioned him about it," he added.
"Malik had told them that since 2002 he had no links with al-Qaeda any more. He
said he had told them that he is only against Iran and only fights against Iran.
He said that he had asked the American for financial support and they had
replied by asking him to meet with them again."
Abdulhamid, who blames his brother for his eventual arrest, then went on to talk
about his brother's second meeting with US agents. He said that Abdolmalek had
gone to the meeting alone.
He added that the militant leader did not meet again with the Americans till
2006, when he contacted them through a link in New Jersey, who went by the name
Abdulhamid Rigi said that in 2005 he himself had met with the Americans once in
Islamabad, where they had asked about the activities Jundullah was carrying out
in Iran, their numbers, their positions and their requests.
After the meeting, he added, Malek had called the Americans to only contact him
not any other ring members.
Abdulhamid said that from 2005 onwards Malik had held several "confidential"
meeting with FBI and CIA agents in Karachi and Islamabad.
He added that during one of the meetings in the Pakistani capital, two female US
agents had offered weapons, safe bases in Afghanistan, and professional
trainers, while inquiring about how many people the group could gather for
"We said we could bring two to three thousand, but we can't fund them," said
Abdulhamid Rigi, adding that they had finally accepted the US proposal.
Jundullah is a Pakistan-based terror group closely affiliated with the notorious
al-Qaeda organization and made up of disgruntled members of the Baluch ethnic
A 2007 Sunday Telegraph report revealed that Jundullah was a CIA creation
designed to achieve "regime change in Iran". The report said it was the CIA that
had tried to destabilize Iran by "supplying arms-length support, supplying money
and weapons" to Jundullah.
An ABC report also indicted that officials in Washington had ordered Jundullah
terrorists to "stage deadly guerrilla raids inside the Islamic Republic, kidnap
Iranian officials and execute them on camera" all as part of a "programmatic
objective to overthrow the Iranian government."
Jundullah has orchestrated a chain of deadly bombings and violent attacks in
Iran. So far, it has accepted responsibility for killing at least 16 Iranian
police officers in a 2008 attack, nine Iranian security guards in 2005, and
another 11 in a 2007 bombing.
The militants group also claimed responsibility for a recent mosque bombing that
left at least 25 Iranians dead in the southeastern city of Zahedan.