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Iraq accuses People's Mojahedin of crimes against humanity

Source: Radio Zamaneh

Maryam Rajavi, leader of PMOI

Iraq has accused the Iranian dissident group, People's Mojahedin of Iran of "crimes against humanity and issued arrest warrants for 39 of its members and leaders.

People's Mohajedin is an Iranian political dissident group that the Islamic Republic considers one of its arch-enemies. During the Iran-Iraq war, they settled in Camp Ashraf and lent their support to Saddam Hussein government in their war efforts against Iran.

Reuters reports that Judge Mohammad Abdul-Sahib, a spokesman for the Iraqi High Tribunal said: "An arrest warrant has been issued against 39 leaders and members of the organization including the PMOI's head Massoud Rajavi, due to evidence that confirms they committed crimes against humanity."

He adds that they have evidence that these 39 people were involved in "suppressing the 1991 (Shi'ite) uprising against the former Iraqi regime and the killing of Iraqi citizens."

People's Mojahedin of Iran denies any role in the suppression of Iraqis and according to Reuters, Mehdi Uqbaai, a spokesman for the Iranian dissident group condemned the court's decision describing it as a "final gift" from the government of Nouri al-Maleki to the Islamic Republic.

The Iraqi High Tribunal was established in 2003 to prosecute crimes committed by Saddam Hussein regime and the case against the People's Mojahedin is its first procedure against foreigners.

3500 people live in the Ashraf Camp in Iraq and the Islamic Republic consistently demands that the government of Iraq extradite these residents to Iran for prosecution.

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