France drops terror charges against Iran resistance
French prosecutors dismissed long-standing terrorism charges against 24 members of the exiled Iranian opposition movement the People's Mujahedeen of Iran (PMOI), a judicial official said Thursday.
Among those accused was Maryam Rajavi, leader of the National Council of Resistance of Iran, the broad grouping that includes the Mujahedeen.
The 24 had been accused of links to terrorists following a raid on the council's headquarters near Paris in 2003. The PMOI was alleged to have embezzled charity money to fund armed extremists.
The judicial official who asked not to be named told AFP that prosecutors had dismissed the terrorism allegations but were still investigating nine people over charges of financial irregularities.
The PMOI is listed by the United States as a terrorist organisation but was removed from the European Union's equivalent blacklist in 2009.
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