In 1998 I was handed over to Iraqi intelligence agents and after being imprisoned in Feyzaliah prison for some time, I was transferred to Abu Ghraib prison. I spent about 3 years 8 months in Saddam’s prisons and torture chambers
02 July 2004
To Whom It May Concern:
My name is Ali Ghashghavi. While a member of the Mojahedin-e Khalq organisation, I discovered the true nature of this organisation and started opposing the repression and suppression of the members as well as the imprisonment and torture and murder of disaffected members. As a result, for 3 years I was forced to do hard-labour as well as being subjected to mental and physical tortures in their camps. This did not have the effect of silencing me so I was faced with the anger of the leadership of the organisation and was imprisoned permanently. In 1998 I was handed over to Iraqi intelligence agents and after being imprisoned in Feyzaliah prison for some time, I was transferred to Abu Ghraib prison. I spent about 3 years 8 months in Saddam’s prisons and torture chambers. It was in Abu Ghraib prison that I discovered the true extent of the co-operation between Rajavi and Saddam in political, military, security and intelligence matters. I could not believe my eyes sometimes. For example the Iraqi officials of the prison would remind me that ‘we have invested in every one of you and therefore we cannot easily forget about any of you’. But still, it was never clear for us whether we were the prisoners of Saddam’s regime of the prisoners of the MKO. This was the point at which we could clearly see that we were more deeply involved as Saddam’s Private Army than we could imagine ourselves. One officer of the prison used to say that ‘as you have left the MKO, your future is not clear. That is why you are labelled as “deposits” by the Mojahedin in here’. We did not have any charges made against us in Abu Ghraib and were kept there on behalf of the MKO by the Iraqis as “deposits” as though we were some goods or objects belonging to the MKO leaders. The leadership of MKO did not have any mercy on us who had given everything we had for the past two decades. We did not have the right to visitors or visits by the Red Cross and the officials of the Red Cross are aware about this.
Now that the true nature of this terrorist organisation is being revealed, I urge all human right organisations as well as all political organisations to condemn the MKO leadership and to seek legal redress for people like me. This terrorist organisation is one of the most dangerous organisations in the world at this time.
July 02, 2004
Human Rights Watch
International Committee of the Red Cross
Members of the European Parliament