France drops terror charges against Iran resistance

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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.

© 2011 AFP

3 Comments To This Article

  • Iran Patriot posted:

    on 13th May 2011, 06:05:14 - Reply

    This ruling does not change the fact that the Rajavi Cult are one of the most dangerous terrorist organizations the world has ever seen. They reintroduced to the world suicide bombing in the murderous campaign against Iranian nation, and sold their souls to Saddam Hussein. What greater evidence of their brainwashed nature is needed than their mass self-immolations upon the arrest of their cult's co-leader Maryam Rajavi?
  • Risingstorm posted:

    on 12th May 2011, 19:47:56 - Reply

    Eventually the French came to their senses. By law you are inocent unless proven otherwise, In the case of Iranian resistance both in US and Europe it has been quite opposite. They are accused , they are attacked and killed and kept proscibed without going through any legal procedures and solely for political reasons to appease mollahs. Jack chiraq was a great supporter of fundamentalist regime of Iran and he did all he could against the Iranian resistance to facilitate their buisness with criminal regime of Iran So who is to blame for this injustice, Oil companies , governments, ...
  • Jimmy posted:

    on 12th May 2011, 17:35:22 - Reply

    I believe that these charges were laid indirectly by the terrorist regime in Iran, so much money was paid out, most painful is the fact that so many lives were lost, so many people suffered to shed this label and it did contribute to keep the ayatollahs in power much longer.

    It is a shame that justice was denied and then delayed and if it was not for the sacrifice of a brave and just resistance the result could have been unimaginably horrific, not only for the Iranians but the whole world as the criminal regime in Tehran is still getting closer to destabilize the region and the entire world.