There was somewhere called Exit section; it wasn't exit section but it was a prison in Camp Ashraf. When someone wants to leave the MKO, he should stay in this prison for 2 or more years. They also forced us to work, without rewarding us. After that, these people were delivered to former Iraqi intelligence service. In the international scene, the organization claimed that the doors of the MKO are always open, and that people can come and go by their own will; but this is not true.
They threatened me several times. They even put me in solitary confinement
I'm Teimour Esmaili, from the city of Quchan. Late in 2001, I was introduced to the MKO by a friend of mine who was in touch the organization. I went to Iraq through Pakistan. Whenever I asked him about the condition there, he replied that I would go there and after two or three months I could leave it if I didn't like it. "You can stay in the MKO if you like, otherwise we would give a political case so that you can live in Europe," he said. I accepted this although I really knew nothing about MKO's ideology.
Anyway, in Camp Ashraf, I was taken to Entrance Section for a few days; there, they asked me a few questions such as "why did you come here?", "what are your reasons for coming here?" and …after two or three months I saw that there are contradictions between what they said and what they did. They talked about democracy but it was a thing that can't be found there in the MKO. I believe that no other group treats its members in this way. When someone claims of democracy, it should be applied in practice. Anyway, it was not as they said.
For the situation there, I couldn't stay with them. I asked repeatedly to leave but they called me "quitter" and "agent of Iranian intelligece". This was to attack the person psychologically and prevent him from leaving the organization. Of course, they had real threats. There was somewhere called Exit section; it wasn't exit section but it was a prison in Camp Ashraf. When someone wants to leave the MKO, he should stay in this prison for 2 or more years. They also forced us to work, without rewarding us. After that, these people were delivered to former Iraqi intelligence service. In the international scene, the organization claimed that the doors of the MKO are always open, and that people can come and go by their own will; but this is not true.
They threatened me several times. They even put me in solitary confinement. Then, when the US invaded Iraq, I escaped to the US camp. In fact, there were no other places for me to go. I liked to return to Iran but the Organization had said that those who return to Iran are tortured and killed. But I had decided to Iran.
I was in the MKO for about 3 years. After that, I escaped to the US camp; I was there for about a year.
In the US camp, first I wanted to go to Europe but when families called their children and the news of Iran came to the camp situation changed. But it was hard for me to believe until it was announced that Iran has issued a public pardon for MKO members and that they can return to the country and they can even go to other countries from Iran. Anyway, in telephone calls, my family asked me to return. In March 2005 I returned to Iran under the supervision of International Red Cross and it's now 4 or 5 months that I'm here in Iran and I like to live in a European country. I have obtained all necessary documents and I'm going to complete few remaining steps.
An important issue that I want to say is that even when I was returning to Iran under the supervision of Red Cross I didn't expect such a welcome. I mean I expect to see armed men interrogating me as I enter the country… but they treated us as if we were their guests. I have a good life with my family here and I'm happy that I have returned. It was not like what the MKO had said to us. In our telephone contacts, my family said that the situation has changed in Iran but I couldn't believe it. But now I see that all people are free and they're living their lives and this is what it is. I'm happy to be here.
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