Lead: Mojahedin said that Americans handcuff people, mistreat them, beat them, and live a doggy life. They wanted to create fear among members so that no one dared to separate from MKO. But I preferred living a doggy life to living in the organization.
I’m Mohammed Raeesi, from the city if Nickshahr. I traveled to UAE in 2002 and after two months, 3 MKO supporters approached me and asked why I was there. They said that there was a company in Iraq and that I could work there. Their names were Javad, Ahmad and Hadi. The latter was a Kurd. Javad was from Isafahan and Ahmad was born in Tehran. They took my ID card and took me to Iraq.
In Um Qasr, we got off the ship and a man called Hussein took me to Baghdad. There, two senior MKO members came and took me to Camp Ashraf.
In the Entrance Section, they ordered me to change my clothes. I said that I was taken to that place to work there but they started talking about military camp, National Liberation Army and so on. They said, “This is your work”. We had to stay in quarantine for a week. After that, we went to Reception Section. There, Saeed Naghash and Mohsen Hajian were my unit’s commanders. Military courses started… After two months, the US attacked Iraq and we went to spread on the ground. After we returned, I decided to leave the organization.
MKO said that Americans extradite you only to Iran in the case you leave the group. “Iranian regime kills members, executes them and ...,” they said. We stayed there until June 30, sixteen months ago. I left the organization on 30th of June and went to the US-run camp.
Mojahedin said that Americans handcuff people, mistreat them, beat them, and live a doggy life. They wanted to create fear among members so that no one dared to separate from MKO. But I preferred living a doggy life to living in the organization.
I joined the US-run camp and I saw that the MKO had lied. I stayed in US camp for 16 months and then, I returned to Iran by the Red Cross.
Most of Baluchi members had been brought to the camp under the name of “job” and “work”. But some others like Khosrow Arbabi (from the city of Nickshahr) and … had been deceived and kept by the MKO. Some others, like Massoud, Arsalan, Shahriar (who were from the city of Iranshahr) were organizational members. Indeed, these people were also taken to the organization by deception. They kept members by threatening them. There are some Baluchi people in the US-run camp; they are waiting for their final status to be declared.
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