19 Jul 2024
Thursday 3 August 2023 - 18:15
Story Code : 407333

Albania's court places entry ban on MKO ringleader Maryam Rajavi

An Albanian court has placed an entry ban on the ringleader of the anti-Iran terrorist cult Mujahedin Khalq Organization (MKO), informed security sources have announced.

The sources noted that Albanias counter-terrorism court has issued the ban after reviewing evidence that shows the group has run terrorist activities in Iran.

Rajavi fled from Albania to France in late June, after Albanian police forces raided a camp hosting the MKO due to its engagement in terror and cyber-attacks against foreign institutions.

They seized 150 computer devices linked to terrorist activities.

At least one MKO terrorist was killed and dozens of others were injured during the clashes at the camp, known as Ashraf-3, in the northwest of the capital Tirana.

Reports suggest that the MKO terror group member killed in the raid was Abdolvahhab Faraji, a prominent commander of the terrorist group with expertise in military engineering operations who was in charge of technical and engineering activities during an operation launched by the MKO terrorists against Iran in July 1988.

MKO members spent many years in Iraq, where they were hosted and armed by the former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein. They sided with Saddam during the 1980-88 imposed war against Iran and then helped him quell domestic uprisings in various parts of the Arab country.

The notorious group is responsible for killing thousands of Iranian civilians and officials after the victory of the Islamic Revolution in 1979.

More than 17,000 Iranians, many of them civilians, have been killed at the hands of the MKO in different acts of terrorism including bombings in public places, and targeted killings.

The European Union, Canada, the United Statesand Japan had previously listed the MKO as a terrorist organization.

In 2012, the group was taken off the US list of terrorist organizations. The EU followed suit, removing the group from its list of terrorist organizations.

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