fugitive judge, Gholamreza Mansouri

MEK Iran: Iran’s International Assassins are Getting Away with Murder

fugitive judge, Gholamreza Mansouri

The (PMOI / MEK Iran) is a serious threat to the mullah’s regime of Iran.

Struan Stevenson has firmly stated that appeasing the deplorable regime in Iran needs to stop. He mentioned the arrest of the fugitive judge, Gholamreza Mansouri, which must have given the Iranian regime the jitters.  He is now safely in custody in a Bucharest hotel, watched over carefully by the police. Allegedly, Mansouri had accepted a bribe of £450,000 while working as a judge. Now, the Iranian regime wants him back in Iran where he is likely to be executed. On June 12th, a Romanian court postponed Mansouri’s extradition and requested that Tehran provide documents and evidence that will go against him. Being exposed as a thief by the regime did not surprise anyone, as the Iranian elite are corrupt. But behind Mansouri’s story, there is just a little bit more that should be told.

Mansouri left Iran following the appointment of Ebrahim Raisi’s as chief of Iran’s Judiciary in 2019. Raisi replaced Ayatollah Sadeq Amoli Larijani, a close associate. Larijani’s displacement showed signs that there were deep divisions in the theocratic regime. Mansouri was worried about his safety. When he was found in Romania, human rights activists and ex-patriate Iranians in the West wanted him to be indicted for crimes against humanity. This was to do with the imprisoning of numerous journalists on false charges. The mullahs were getting very concerned that if he appeared in the International Criminal Court in the Hague, it just might open up a can of worms. Therefore, an extraordinary effort was put in to extradite Mansouri to Iran. The Iranian authorities said they would send a private aircraft to pick him up, but the Romanian government said flights were not permitted because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

By chance, and as there were further clashes over extraditing Mansouri, on 19th June a report was released by a Duke Hotel (Bucharest) staff member who saw a man fall out of a 6th-floor window. He was pronounced dead and was duly named Mansouri. He did not have any good reason to commit suicide because his extradition was unlikely to take place and he was given an expensive home to live in Turkey with plenty of money in his pocket. What seems to have been the cause of his death appears to be an assassination by the Iranian regime.  Human rights activists were angry about the event as Mansouri should have been protected so that he could be tried in the EU.

There have been two similar cases,  one in 1999 involving Saeed Emami, a senior Iranian intelligence officer, who was in prison waiting to be tried for murder. He died mysteriously following the swallowing of hair remover while indulging in a bath in prison. The killing in Turkey in 2019 of a defector called Massoud Molavi, an Iranian Ministry of Defense contractor, who had initiated an opposition social media site. He was shot in Istanbul.

The Iranian government believes that The People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI / MEK Iran) is a serious threat to the Islamic Republic of Iran.

Because of this threat, one of the key responsibilities of the MOIS is to organize undercover operations against the Mojahedin-e-Khalq (PMOI / MEK Iran) to obliterate its members. Just in the last 4 decades, numerous assassinations have been conducted by MOIS agents in the following countries:

  • Switzerland,
  • Italy,
  • Germany,
  • Austria,
  • France

Assassinations barely noticed in Europe

What is an alarming fact is that assassinations are taking place on European soil and no one is questioning them. In April 2017, in Turkey, 45-year-old Saeed Karimian, a London-based Iranian TV executive and chairman of the GEM satellite TV network, was assassinated. In January 2017, in Tehran, a revolutionary court had condemned him when he was not present and sentenced him to a 6-year prison term for disseminating propaganda which was a threat to national security. In May 2017, there was a report in Turkish media stating that 2 men had been arrested in association with the assassination and in their possession were fake passports from Montenegro. They were heading back to Iran.

Mustufa Haidar Syed-Naqfi, in 2017, was convicted in Germany spying for Iran, specifically seeking potential targets to be attacked by the IRGC’s Quds Force. Syed-Naqvi was sentenced to 4 years and 3 months in prison “for working for a foreign intelligence service”.

Despite all these killings, shockwaves went through the community when the Prosecutor’s Office in Vaud in Switzerland, declared earlier that they had decided to close the file on the ‘’assassination in April 1990 in Geneva of Professor Kazem Rajavi.’’ He was a well known and highly reputable human rights activist. He was the brother of the leader of the Iranian Resistance, Massoud Rajavi, and the representative of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) in Switzerland, as well as it’s representative in the European Headquarters of the United Nations in Geneva. It was soon discovered that his assassins were 13 MOIS agents who were now back home in Iran. International arrest warrants should be issued for the 13 assassins, according to Struan Stevenson. He also demanded that appeasing the Iranian regime must stop and closing Kazem Rajavi’s file just “promotes more terrorism.’’

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