Iran: The NCRI and MEK Has Long Been a Major Target of the Mullahs
The Iranian opposition in the form of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK Iran), and its leader, Mrs. Maryam Rajavi has long been the target of attacks by the Iranian theocratic regime.
There have been a number of assassination attempts over the years aimed at decapitating the leaders of the resistance movement. So far, these have failed, but the trial of four would-be bombers including for the first time, an Iranian diplomat, Assadollah Assadi, in Antwerp, Belgium, on terrorism charges should remind the international community of the regime’s main focus.
Khamenei's campaign of terror against Iranians and democracy is today being shown to the world. pic.twitter.com/LMSyQQ3fnq
— Iran Freedom (@4FreedominIran) November 27, 2020
The following is is a brief timeline of attacks on the NCRI and its constituent groups.
- March 14, 1990: A member of the NCRI, Hossein Abedini, was attacked in Turkey.
- April 24, 1990: Kazem Rajavi, Massoud Rajavi’s brother, was murdered in Geneva, by Iranian agents.
The assassination of Kazem Rajavi, #NCRI’s representative to the UN, was shot near his home in Geneva in 1990. Although a couple of the perpetrators were detained in Paris, they were extradited so as to avoid the diplomatic tension with #Iran that would have been inevitable.#MEK pic.twitter.com/KE0kSjPpFz
— MEK Iran (Mujahedin-e Khalq) (@MEK_Iran) October 14, 2020
- March 16, 1993: the NCRI representative in Italy, Mohammad Hossein Naghdi, was assassinated. An Iranian diplomat was subsequently refused dalmatic status at the U.N. because of his involvement in the assassination.
- Maryam Rajavi was the target of several assassination attempts. In June 1995, she was the target of an attack masterminded by the Iranian ambassador to Germany in Dortmund. This was followed by a failed attack using rockets which were seized on a cargo ship near Antwerp.
Ghafoor Darjazii an #IRGC commander, current CEO of Saipa FC, with pseudonym name 'Mostafa Modabber' played role in assassination of #Iran dissidents Mohammad Hossein Naghdi in Rome, Abdul Rahman Ghassemlou in Vienna #BlacklistMOIS #FreeIran https://t.co/v6oZKIMBHB
— Zolal Habibi (@Ashrafi4ever) May 5, 2019
- February 1996: A member of the NCRI in Turkey, Zahra Rajabi, was assassinated. The perpetrators were agents of the Iranian regime and were caught by Turkish authorities and imprisoned.
- March 21, 2018: The (PMOI / MEK Iran) was attacked in Albania without success. MOIS agents were expelled from Albania by Albanian authorities.
- June 30, 2018: A failed bomb attack on the Free Iran rally at Villepinte, near Paris. 50g of explosives were to be used in what may have been one of Europe’s deadliest terrorist attacks targeting Maryam Rajavi and other opposition leaders. Many hundreds of people attending the rally may have been killed or injured. The attack was foiled by European authorities who arrested an Iranian diplomat and three accomplices. Their trial is about to start in Belgium.
- November 27th, 2020: The trial of Assadollah Assadi, the first diplomat to be tried as a terrorist, is to start in Antwerp, Belgium. Whatever happens at the trial will not touch the masterminds behind all these attacks on the opposition movement – the Iranian regimes top officials, including Supreme Leader, Ali Khamenei, the President, Hassan Rouhani, and leaders of the Ministry of Intelligence and Security (MOIS) and the Revolutionary Guards (IRGC). Until the regime is replaced by a democratic alternative these attacks are likely to continue.
.@A_Jafarzadeh: Germany: 1995-Averted assassination plot against Maryam Rajavi as she was to address gathering of Iranians in Dortmund Germany #IRGCTerrorists #BlackListMOIS #BlockIRGC @USAdarFarsi @francediplo_EN pic.twitter.com/TR5hIsQ1Cq
— Iran Freedom (@4FreedominIran) May 1, 2019