They threatened us. When we said that we wanted to leave the MKO they threatened that they would imprison us for two years in the organization and said that then we would stay in Abu Ghraib for 8 years. They said that Iraqis considered us as spies since we had entered Iraq without passports and visas.
I'm Akbar Mohammedian, from the city of Maragheh.
In the summer of 2000, I left Iran and went to Iraq with two members of the MKO. I was imprisoned by Iraqis for a while in Abu Ghraib. After being released from the prison, I joined the organization. At first, I had no ideas about fighting. In the MKO, I found their internal relations very unacceptable. No one can understand this unless he/she goes inside the MKO and experiences it closely. The MKO uses propaganda to promote itself. They pretend to be good but they're dirty inside. They discuss very personal issues; the issues that no one in the world ask you about. For instance when you enter the organization and accept their revolution, you should divorce your wife and leave your kids. There are no relations between father and mother, brother and sister. They cut all relations so that when you meet your mother you don't know what to do! The MKO is full of contradictions. The MKO claims of democracy and freedom but it supports no other political group. It only accepts itself.
In a meeting Massoud Rajavi scorned the students and their struggles and said that the students are entertained by their struggles and that their aims are not about freedom and …. In fact, this Mr. Rajavi considers himself the leader but he's nothing. He proved this by hiding himself at the time US invaded Iraq. He left the members while the US bombed them.
I didn't agree with the organization from the moment I entered the MKO because I had gone to find a job but it was about something else. In the Islamic Republic, I was not opposing the regime. I had left the country only to find a job. But the MKO wanted to take political advantage of us that is why they recruited us and then didn't allow us to leave it. They threatened us. When we said that we wanted to leave the MKO they threatened that they would imprison us for two years in the organization and said that then we would stay in Abu Ghraib for 8 years. They said that Iraqis considered us as spies since we had entered Iraq without passports and visas.
Then the US invaded Iraq and toppled the regime. At that time, situation was better and we found a chance to ask Americans to save us. Now we have returned to our country.
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To read MEK and Human Smugglin, please click <2>here<2>.
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