First Published: 2003-06-21

More Mujahedeen return to Iran

22 former People's Mujahedeen members reunited with families in Iran with aid of Iranian Rescue Association.


Middle East Online

72 former Mujahedeen reunited with their families so far

TEHRAN - A group of 22 former members of the People's Mujahedeen opposition group were reunited with their families in Iran Saturday, the latest batch of "repentant" fighters to return home since their bases in Iraq came under attack.

The men, who all described themselves as having been "prisoners" of the cult-like militia, were reunited with the aid of Iranian Rescue Association - a non-governmental organization (NGO) set up to "help those deceived by the hypocrites return to their families".

According to the official news agency IRNA, the 22 former opposition cadres fled Iraq in June, shortly after their main base near Baghdad was targetted by the US-led coalition invading Iraq.

It was not clear how long the returnees - who reportedly surrendered to Iranian security forces at the Iran-Iraq border - spent in prison before being allowed to return to their families.

The future of the group in Iraq remains uncertain, while many top members who fled to France were detained there in a massive police operation on June 17.

The NGO said it has now reunited 72 former Mujahedeen with their families since the ouster of Iraq's Saddam Hussein, who hosted the group.


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