September 22, 2017

Iran: A New Mullah – EU Deal

Wednesday, 28 March 2007NCRI – Pursuing their policy of appeasement, some European Union states have told the mullahs they will do their best to maintain the PMOI on the terror list, ignoring the fact that the European Court of Justice stated this to be illegal. They hope this measure will lead to Tehran stopping its nuclear activities. These revelations were made by an MEP and representatives of the Iranian Resistance at a press conference in Berlin on 23 March. The German capital welcomed the EU heads of state to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the creation of the European Community... Read More … [Read more...]

How the UK flouts the law to serve Iran

Sunday TelegraphMarch 17, 2007By Christopher BookerThe ruthlessness with which our Government enforces EU law against its citizens strikingly contrasts with its eagerness on occasion to flout EU law itself. One of the murkier chapters in our foreign policy in recent years has been the Foreign Office’s readiness to appease the dictatorial regime in Iran, for reasons not unconnected to a series of huge trade deals.In March 2001 Jack Straw, then Home Secretary, placed on the list of terrorist organisations, under the Anti-Terrorism Act, the leading Iranian dissident organisation, the People’s Muhajedeen of Iran (PMOI), even though the PMOI claims to be opposed to terrorism in any way and wishes … [Read more...]

Four ways to act against Ahmadinejad

The Daily TelegraphThursday, 15 February 2007 By Joshua Rozenberg, Legal Editor(Excerpts)Diplomatic pressure should be targeted at isolating the president of Iran before further, fateful steps are contemplated, we argued in our leader columns this week. Quite right. But what prospect is there of using the courts to undermine Mahmoud Ahmadinejad? …Irwin Cotler, a former law professor who served as Canada's attorney general and minister of justice until last year, outlined four ways in which legal action could be taken against Mr Ahmadinejad.The first would involve the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of Genocide, an international treaty that came into force in 1951. Its 138 … [Read more...]

Tehran’s deal to get PMOI extradited fails

Thursday, 18 January 2007Agence France PresseLONDON - Iran offered to cut off aid and support for the Lebanese Shiite militia Hezbollah and the Palestinian group Hamas, and promised full transparency on its nuclear program in a secret letter to the United States soon after the 2003 invasion of Iraq, the British media reported.According to the BBC, the letter, which it obtained, was unsigned, but the US State Department understood that it came with the approval of the highest Iranian authorities.The Islamic republic also offered to use its influence to support stabilisation in Iraq, and in return asked for a halt in hostile American behaviour, an abolition of all sanctions, and the pursuit … [Read more...]

European Court Annuls EU “Decision” To Label People’s Mojahedin Of Iran As A Terror Group

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EU Lawmakers Urge EU To Take Iranian Grp Off Blacklist

Associated PressDecember 20, 2006BRUSSELS (AP)--Some European Union lawmakers and an exiled Iranian resistance movement Wednesday urged the E.U. and the U.S. to remove the Paris-based group quickly from their lists of terrorist organizations."Something must be done immediately to remove the People's Mujahadeen of Iran from all terror lists," said Struan Stevenson, a Conservative member of the European Parliament.Last week, the European Court of Justice overturned an E.U. decision in 2002 to freeze the assets of the People's Mujahadeen of Iran, or PMOI.Despite the ruling, the E.U. has not removed the organization from its list of terrorist organizations or freed its assets. The E.U. said the … [Read more...]

European Court Says Exiled Iranian Group Was Unfairly Labeled

THe New York TimesDecember 13, 2006By CRAIG S. SMITHPARIS, Dec. 12 — Europe’s second highest court on Tuesday annulled a European Union decision that had frozen the funds of an exiled Iranian opposition 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, or People’s Holy Warriors, which has long argued that its terrorist label is unfair.The European court ruled that the European Union had not provided adequate reasons or a fair hearing in deciding to freeze the organization’s assets in 2002, and that the decision “must be annulled.”The European … [Read more...]

Court Overturns EU Freeze On Iran Exile Group’s Funds

Wall Street JournalDecember 13, 2006BRUSSELS -- The European Court of Justice overturned a European Union decision to freeze the assets of Mujahedin-e Khalq, an exiled Iranian resistance movement that is on the bloc's terrorism 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 terrorism list was successful at the Luxembourg-based court.EU legal officials stressed that EU governments wouldn't immediately remove the exile group from their terrorism list, arguing they had to study the full ruling of the court before any decisions will be made."For the time being … [Read more...]

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...]