Ever since being disarmed by the Bush administration during the Iraq War, the Iranian Resistance, or the People’s Mujahedin of Iran (PMOI/MEK), has been targeted for assassination by Iranian intelligence services. Hundreds were killed while unarmed on the Iraqi border in their camp by Iranian and Iraqi Special Forces, before being moved to safe refuge in Albania by the Obama administration, but only after pressure from Congress and world opinion.
In a stunning admission, a former MEK member who left the group and then was recruited by Iranian intelligence (MOIS) to work against the MEK in their Albanian refuge, has written a detailed letter to the United Nations outlining MOIS activities against the regime’s enemies in-country.
The campaign included articles against the MEK being planted in well-known Western media outlets.
The author writes, “My name is Hadi Sani-Khani and I am 41 years old. I left Iran for Turkey in 2003 and then went to Iraq and joined the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) in Camp Ashraf and was subsequently relocated to Camp Liberty in Iraq. In September 2016, the MEK facilitated my relocation to Albania. Two months later in November 2016, because I could not continue the struggle, I decided to quit the ranks of the MEK and went to the office of the UN Refugee Agency in Tirana. Two weeks later, I went to the Iranian embassy in Tirana. For four years I fell into a trap set by the Iranian regime’s Ministry of Intelligence and Security (MOIS) and its Iranian embassy in Albania. During this period, I began to collaborate with official agents of the MOIS in the Embassy in Albania, such as Fereidoun Zandi Ali-Abadi and notorious MOIS agents, including Ebrahim and Massoud Khodabandeh, Gholamreza Shekari, Ehsan Bidi, and later Hassan Heyrani. They used me in demonization, espionage, intelligence gathering, and reconnoitering schemes to carry out terrorist actions against the MEK,” declared a statement released by the NCRI (National Council for Resistance in Iran).
The letter adds, “Zandi insisted that I should find out and gather information about the whereabouts of Mrs. (Maryam) Rajavi (the President-elect of the NCRI) and senior MEK officials. He was specifically interested in knowing where they stayed and how many bodyguards they had. Two other agents, Manouchehr Abdi and Saadollah Seifi assisted me in this assignment…. In March 2016, I was tasked to lead a network of a group of agents. The main responsibility of this group was to write articles against the MEK. The Khodabandeh brothers and Zandi decided the topics and provided talking points and briefs for these articles… These agents were required to set up at least one account on Facebook and one on Instagram, and write and publish 12 articles against the Mujahedin-e Khalq (MEK) every month, and continuously relay and reprint topics and content identified by the embassy or the Ministry of Intelligence.”
The letter also provides information on the amounts and methods of payments to these operative and their utilization on YouTube TV channels such as “Mardom TV”. It reveals (the MOIS) use of journalists, (such as a reporter from Der Spiegel in 2018) to produce anti-MEK stories, as well as directives to local agents, including Olsi Jazexhi (posing as a journalist who had studied in Malaysia) and Gjergji Thanasi (who frequently traveled to Iran), verifying the accuracy of the statements issued by the Iranian Resistance in this respect.
The entire letter can be viewed in the file below…
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