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Massoud Rajavi was a participant or observer in the following events:

The Mujahedeen-e Khalq (MEK), a militant Iranian political organization formed in the 1960s, kills US military personnel and US civilians working on defense projects in Tehran. MEK is currently led by husband and wife Massoud and Maryam Rajavi. MEK is part of a larger political organization know as the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI). (US Department of State 4/30/2003; US Department of State 4/2005; GlobalSecurity (.org) 4/27/2005; National Memorial Institute for the Prevention of Terrorism 5/12/2005)

The US State Department includes the Mujahedeen-e Khalq (MEK), a militant Iranian opposition group, in its list of foreign terrorist organizations. (Executive Office of the President 9/12/2002 pdf file; Isikoff 9/26/2002; US Department of State 4/30/2003) MEK, which in English means, “People’s Holy Warriors,” (Peterson 7/29/2004) is later described by its former members as a cult. Its husband-and-wife leaders, Massoud and Maryam Rajavi, exercise absolute control over the group’s rank-and-file, requiring that members worship them and practice Mao-style self-denunciations. Many of the MEK’s members are tricked into joining the group. For example, the parents of Roshan Amini will tell the Christian Science Monitor in 2003 that their son joined because he had been told he would be able to complete two school grades in one year and earn a place in college. But after joining, Amini was not permitted to leave. (Peterson 12/31/2003; Marshall and Rotella 12/5/2004)

France’s Secret Service raids the compound of the Iranian terrorist opposition group, Mujahedeen-e Khalq (MEK), an anti-Iranian group that has been on the US State Department’s list of Foreign Terrorist Organizations since 1997. Among those arrested are husband-and-wife leaders Maryam and Massoud Rajavi. Following the arrests, nine MEK members across Europe set themselves on fire in protest. At least three of the protesters die. Critics claim that the self-immolations were ordered by MEK’s leadership. (Pipes and Clawson 6/17/2003; CNN 6/22/2003; BBC 7/1/2003; Marshall and Rotella 12/5/2004)


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