Iran raises probability of MKO members' return

Iran raises probability of MKO members' return

Ashraf Camp residents may return to Iran if there is no case opened against them in the country, Iranian ambassador to Iraq Hassan Danaei-Far said, ISNA reported.

Referring to the situation of Iraq's Ashraf Camp, Danaei-Far said that staying of these people (members of terrorist Mojahedin Khalq Organiztaion, MKO) in Iraq is considered illegal on behalf of Iraqi government.

"If they don't leave the country promptly, Iraqi government will prosecute them," he told ISNA.

Referring to the rift between Iraq's Ashraf Camp and the country's army, he said that the situation has returned to normal condition.

"If the residents will and if there is no legal case opened against them either in Iran or Iraq, they may go to Iran or any other country they wish and they are granted passport," he continued.

The Iranian ambassador to Baghdad said, "less than 100 of the residents have legal cases, either in Iran or the both countries. Over recent years, more than 750 of them have left Ashraf Camp and come to Iran."

He also said that Iraqi ministers of justice and tourism are to visit Iran in the coming weeks.

The MKO is listed as a terrorist organization by much of the international community and is responsible for numerous acts of terror and violence against Iranian civilians and government officials.

The group fled to Iraq in 1986, where it enjoyed the support of Iraq's executed dictator Saddam Hussein and set up Ashraf Camp near the Iranian border.

The organization is also known to have cooperated with Saddam in suppressing the 1991 uprisings in southern Iraq and the massacre of Iraqi Kurds.

Iran has repeatedly called on the Iraqi government to expel the group.

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