After a month, I said again that I wanted to leave. They said that if I wanted to leave I had to stay 2 years in Exit section and 8 years in Abu Ghraib prison; they also said that they would introduce me as a betrayer if they come someday to Iran. I had no way but to stay there
I’m Abbas Jafari, born in Tehran.
Around 4 years ago, someone phoned me from Sweden under the name of job. It was a member of organization who was calling. One of the members of the organization had called a barbershop where a friend of mine worked. Once he told me that someone has given a telephone number that I should call. It was the number of a woman from Sweden. I called her and she introduced herself as Ms. Mohammedi. She insisted that I have to go to Turkey to cut a deal for a job. She said that she couldn’t talk to me over the phone.
To tell the truth, I had never heard the name of Mojahedin-e Khalq. I thought that it’s an opportunity for me and my brother and my friend to find a good job in a foreign country. We decided to go to Turkey. In Istanbul they contacted us and said that they were calling us from Mojahedin-e Khalq and thus we had to go to Iraq. I and my friend thought that we should go to Iraq in order to pave the way for going to Sweden. The image I had from the organization of Mojahedin was that it is based in a 6 story building in Iraq with a news studio, satellite dishes, telephone, TV station and …
We went there and faced a number of people who wore military uniforms. They said that we should join MEK. We refused but they said that “you have met Mojahedin-e Khalq and now you would be killed or imprisoned for years if you return to Iran”. They said that they would topple the regime and so on. We decided to stay there for 3 months. It was better than returning to Iran to be killed or imprisoned…
After a month, I said again that I wanted to leave. They said that if I wanted to leave I had to stay 2 years in Exit section and 8 years in Abu Ghraib prison; they also said that they would introduce me as a betrayer if they come someday to Iran. I had no way but to stay there. I always thought of escaping, but it was really difficult.
After 7 month we were sent to a military base of Mojahedin (called Homayun) in the city of Al-Amarah. Then, the issue of US attack to Iraq came to top and we all went to Ashraf Cap. We were in the camp during the war.
During this time I always said that I wanted to leave. They gave a bad image of the US camp. I didn’t know what to do.
In July 2004 I left MKO’s camp and join the US camp. I was in the US camp for about 7 months. It was like a cage. Then they said that everyone is free to Iran. I decided to return and my brother remained in the camp. He said that he wanted to go to European countries if possible. I came back by fear although I was said that no one will harm us. During these days that I have come back, no one has harmed me. It’s different from what MKO said. In a few days I’ll join my family. I really thank Islamic Republic’s government for providing the situation for our return to our country. I also thank intelligence agents who cooperated with us. Thanks.
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