December 18, 2017

Court faults EU decision to target Iran exile group

International Herald TribuneBy Craig S. SmithDecember 13, 2006PARIS - Europe's second-highest court on Tuesday annulled a European Union decision that had frozen the funds of an Iranian exile group and called into question the group's label as a terrorist organization.The ruling by the European Court of First Instance was more than a financial victory for the group, the Mujahedeen Khalq, which has long argued that its terrorist label was unfair."All restrictions resulting from the terror tag should be removed from the Iranian resistance immediately," the group's leader, Maryam Rajavi, said at the European Parliament in Strasbourg. She said that the ruling proved that her organization was a … [Read more...]

Iranian Resistance Group Worries Tehran Officials

Wall Street JournalDecember 12, 2006The article "Iranian Imbroglio Gives New Boost to Odd Exile Group" (page one, Nov. 29) asserted that most American officials dispute claims of the People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran, the main Iranian resistance movement, of "having a mass following in Iran, stressing that many Iranians despise the organization." Believing this would lead one to wonder why a "terrorist" labeling of such an "isolated" organization should be such a big deal for the clerical regime, as has been underscored by Martin Indyk, the assistant secretary of state for Near East Affairs at the time, who stated in the article that the Khatami government "considered it a pretty big … [Read more...]

EU court overturns freeze on Iran group’s funds

ReutersDecember 12, 2006By Michele SinnerLUXEMBOURG, Dec 12 (Reuters) - Europe's second-highest court on Tuesday annulled an EU decision freezing the funds of an exiled Iranian opposition group that argues it was wrongly placed on the European Union's list of terrorist organizations.The Court of First Instance ruling faulted the EU for not giving adequate reasons or a fair hearing. It is likely to infuriate Tehran and may have wider implications for EU policy of banning alleged terrorist groups and freezing their assets.EU member states ordered the freezing of funds of the People's Mujahideen (OMPI) in 2002. The armed wing of the France-based National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) … [Read more...]

EU Must Lift Freeze on Iranian Mujahedeen Funding, Court Rules

Bloomberg NewsBy Patrick DonahueDecember 12, 2006Dec. 12 (Bloomberg) -- The European Union must reverse a funding freeze on an Iranian opposition organization because the EU didn't give sufficient reason for accusing the group of supporting terrorism, Europe's second-highest court ruled.The People's Mujahedeen of Iran was unfairly denied a chance to review the legal basis of the EU's decision, the Luxembourg- based European Court of First Instance said in a statement today.EU governments in May 2002 included the group, which was formed in 1965 to push for the overthrow of the Iranian Shah, on a list of suspected terrorist groups. The list, established in the aftermath of the Sept. 11 attacks … [Read more...]

Court annuls EU asset freeze on Iranian opposition abroad

Agence France PresseDecember 12, 2006LUXEMBOURG - A European court annulled Tuesday a decision to freeze the assets of the main Iranian opposition group abroad, a move that could result in its removal from the EU terror list.The Court of First Instance, Europe's second-highest, ordered the EU to cancel a decision from May 2002 to freeze the funds of the People's Mujahedeen of Iran (OMPI), which claims it should not be on the terror blacklist."It could imply the withdrawal from the list," a court spokeswoman said.The Luxembourg-based tribunal found that "the decision ordering the freezing of the OMPI's funds does not contain a sufficient statement of reasons and that it was adopted in the … [Read more...]

European court overturns EU decision to add Iranian resistance movement to terror list

Associated PressDecember 12, 2006By CONSTANT BRANDBRUSSELS, Belgium - The European Court of Justice on Tuesday overturned an EU decision to freeze the assets of the People's Mujahadeen of Iran, an exiled Iranian resistance movement which is on the bloc's terror blacklist.The court's ruling annuls a 2002 decision to freeze all European assets of the Paris-based group, also known by the acronym MEK. It was the first time an appeal to the EU's terror list was successful at the Luxembourg-based EU court.EU legal officials stressed that EU governments would not immediately remove the exile group from their terror list, arguing they had to study the full 45-page ruling of the court before any … [Read more...]

Court ruling forces rethink of EU terror list by Lorne Cook

Agence France PresseDecember 12, 2006by Lorne CookA European court has annulled an EU decision to freeze the assets of the main Iranian opposition in exile, a move that will force the bloc to rethink the way it compiles its terror blacklist.The Court of First Instance, Europe's second-highest tribunal, ruled that the EU had not respected the right to a fair hearing of the People's Mujahedeen of Iran (OMPI), when it ordered the asset freeze in May 2002.The EU's decision was based on measures implemented to respect a UN Security Council resolution drawn up in the wake of the September 11, 2001 attacks which demanded that countries crack down on terror funding.The immediate effects of the … [Read more...]

EU court annuls funds freeze of Iranian rebel group

German Press Agency (dpa)December 12, 2006Luxembourg- A European court on Tuesday annulled an EU decision to freeze the funds of the militant opposition group People's Mujahedin of Iran, which says it was wrongly placed on an EU terror list.The EU's order to freeze the Mujahedin's assets infringed the right to a fair hearing, the obligation to state reasons for the decision and the right to effective judicial protection, ruled the Court of First Instance.The Luxembourg-based tribunal is the EU's second-highest court.While the ruling does not comment on the wider issue of the classification of the group as a terrorist organisation, it may have consequences for the EU's policy of banning … [Read more...]

Iranian Imbroglio Gives New Boost To Odd Exile Group

Iranian Imbroglio Gives New Boost To Odd Exile GroupCalled a Terror Cult by Many, MEK Wins Friends in U.S. Because It Opposes TehranA Rally Near the White HouseBy ANDREW HIGGINS and JAY SOLOMONWall Street JournalNovember 29, 2006; Page A1Early this summer, as Washington fretted about Iran's nuclear program, supporters of Mujahedin-e Khalq, an Iranian opposition group, held a rally in an auditorium two blocks from the White House. Prominent members of Congress addressed the crowd, as did the State Department's recently retired ambassador-at-large for war crimes.Maryam Rajavi, the dissident outfit's leader, beamed in a stirring speech via satellite from France. Denouncing Iran's clerical … [Read more...]

Missing the Mark on Iran By Ali Safavi Friday, January 27, 2006 [Below is Ali Safavi's response to Michael Rubin's article on the Mujahedeen-e Khalq in our Leftwing Monsters series. Michael Rubin's response to Mr. Safavi is also in this issue. You can read it by clicking here -- The Editors] As a sociologist who has known, closely studied the history and followed the activities of the main Iranian opposition group, the Mujahedeen-e Khalq (MEK), in the past 34 years, I read with amazement and somewhat dismay Michael Rubin's "Monsters of the Left," (FrontPageMagazine, January 13, 2006)[i]. His article purports to be a scholarly survey of the assistance provided by “the Left” to the MEK. I was … [Read more...]