Ex-rebels say bomb plot claim shows Iran's desperation
Iran's former rebel People's Mujahedeen said on Wednesday that Tehran's announcement that police had unmasked a bomb plot by two of its cells was a sign of the regime's desperation.
"On Tuesday, June 15, Heydar Moslehi, minister for the notorious ministry of intelligence and security, fabricated a series of lies, claiming that two (People's Mujahedeen) teams, who were trying to set off bombs in several squares in Tehran, had been arrested," the exiled group said in a statement.
"He made a preposterous claim that the People's Mujahedeen, by dispatching these individuals from Iraq and while enjoying the support of the UK, Sweden and France, were trying to set off bombs in a number of sensitive and important locations," the statement added.
"These absolutely false claims reflect the clerical regime's delirium, which is increasingly desperate in confronting the rise in popular protests and the increase in support by the Iranian people for the People's Mujahedeen."
The statement was referring to the wave of mass street protests which followed hardline President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's disputed re-election a year ago.
"By disseminating such lies, the clerical regime intends to boost the morale of its demoralised forces and prepare the ground for the execution of political prisoners," the statement added.
The People's Mujahedeen also charged that Iran was preparing the ground for an attack across the border into Iraq against Camp Ashraf, a former military base where former rebel fighters have been cantoned since their disarmament by US troops after the 2003 invasion.
Iran summoned the British ambassador in Tehran, Simon Gass, on Wednesday to press Moslehi's accusation that the alleged rebel cells in custody had received backing from London.
"The Islamic Republic of Iran demands a serious inquiry by the British government into this issue and a report of its findings," the official IRNA news agency quoted a foreign ministry official as telling the envoy.
The People's Mujahedeen, which operated armed rear-bases in Iraq under now executed dictator Saddam Hussein, is the Tehran regime's most hated foe.
Iran has repeatedly accused Western governments of fomenting armed opposition within its borders by an array of rebel groups.
© 2010 AFP