Open Letter to Prime Minister Gordon Brown

Published January 13th, 2010 - 09:31 GMT

An open letter to Prime Minister Gordon Brown, today asked his government to stop incitement to violence being broadcast into Iran by a terrorist group from London. Massoud Khodabandeh, of Leeds-based Middle East Strategy Consultants, said, "The Iranian people's courageous, peaceful demonstrations to achieve their natural freedoms and rights are being fatally undermined from within the U.K."

Khodabandeh said the Mojahedin-e Khalq (aka MKO, MEK, NCRI, PMOI, Rajavi cult) is broadcasting incitement to violence from London through its satellite programme Sima-ye Azadi. The group is also known to be financed through British-based banks. "Britain, following Washington's lead, has put herself in a position where she is seen to support terrorism. This is not in our interests," said Khodabandeh.

Hardliners in the Iranian government yesterday imposed zero tolerance on street protests after it was found that members of the terrorist Mojahedin-e Khalq cult had been dispatched to Iran to foment violence among the ordinary protestors.

In August 2009, Massoud Khodabandeh published a second report following consultation with the Iraqi government on plans to expel the cult from Iraq. An Iraqi government official stressed that terror teams could not have been sent from Camp Ashraf after American forces handed over control of the terrorist base to Iraq in January 2009.

Although the MKO remains on the U.S. terrorism list, the group operates freely from bases in Paris, London and Germany where the terrorist group's members are "fully trained in terrorism and are ideologically committed to the violent overthrow of the Iranian government."

In the context of the nuclear issue, regime change would be a desirable outcome for the British government, but this "must not be pursued through the use of terrorism or terrorist groups," said Khodabandeh. The letter said, "We cannot ask a terrorist group to renounce violence and give up terrorism. Instead we are asking your government to curb their activities in line with British law and with your government's own stance on terrorism."

Massoud Khodabandeh told the British Prime Minister, "We would expect that you act immediately to prevent the incitement to violence by the terrorist Mojahedin-e Khalq from inside the U.K. In doing so you would remove from Iranian hardliners their main excuse for crushing the people's legitimate protests to bring about change in their own country."

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