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A number of MKO defectors who have recently traveled to France talked about their goals, problems and the way they left
A number of MKO defectors who have recently traveled to France talked about their goals, problems and the way they left MKO, in a press conference. Ali Akbar Rastgoo, who had worked for the political cadre of MKO, told IRNA reporter in Paris: "I was in political division for 10 years and our purpose by forming political division was to hide military and violent acts of the group." Another member who introduced himself as Karim said of the reasons he left the group: "leaving the group had a high cost for us." He also added: "this group was one of the most brutal and violent groups which tries to reach its goals by propaganda." About the future of this group he said: since this group was bound to the government of Saddam and now he has fallen, MKO can't have a role in the future. In response to a question Karim said: "when we were with the group we were always commuting between Iraq and France." He added: "the organization had tens of bases in France and they issued orders assassination of innocent people, bombings, and… from there." This former member of MKO explained: "we had a base in the suburbs of Paris which had 180 phone lines and 150 workers and its costs went more than 1 million franks each month." He added: "I believe French government was aware of all movements of MKO. Western countries and France had closed their eyes on the terrorist acts of MKO." Karim also said: "I paid a high price for leaving MKO and they even issued death sentence for me." In response to the correspondent of IRNA about the source of discovered money in Paris he said: "Masoud said that this money is being provided from a very dear place but we knew that he is lying." "When MEK entered Iraq it received money because it was considered as a part of Iraqi army. This money was pain in US dollar cash or Iraqi Dinar. This money came from Saddam, as well as those who opposed Iranian government." He added: "the money found in Paris is nothing when compared to the money group receives now. You saw that they immediately employed 25 lawyers for Maryam and other MKO members".

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