Iran: No deal with France over extradition of Mujahedin Khalq members

Published June 23rd, 2003 - 02:00 GMT

Iran's Foreign Ministry spokesman Hamid-Reza Asefi on Monday rejected any deal between Tehran and Paris over the recent French police crackdown on the Mujahedin Khalq Organization (MKO), noting that extraditing MKO members still needs to be debated. 


According to IRNA, Asefi told reporters at his weekly press conference that the MKO has inflicted many harms on the Iranian nation over the past years, stressing that it was natural for Iranians to expect the grouplet, particularly its top members to be extradited to Iran.  


"There has been no secret deal between Iran and France over the MKO swoop, and Paris has acted independently and according to its international and EU commitments," he said. "Still, Tehran has to discuss the issue of extraditing MKO members, who are currently in detention of the French police, with Paris."  


The French police last Tuesday launched a massive operation against the MKO in a Paris suburb and arrested many of its members, including Maryam Rajavi, the wife of the MKO military chief, Massoud Rajavi. (

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