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she lived in the US before coming to Iraq. Rajavi appointed an American student as the first person of the group to show MKO's friendship towards the US. About her asylum request, I should say that after the camp was bombed (in which 30-40 members were killed) and after the fall of Saddam Hussein and disarmament of the MKO, the camp was entangled in a critical situation. Everyone thought of escaping the camp. Rajavi was the one who escaped and sent Maryam, along with her servants and guards, to France. Others, considered unimportant or trouble-makers, were left in Iraq. Those left in Iraq know that the situation is critical and that a very vague future is waiting for them, that's why they all think of escaping from Iraq. Women- more restricted than men- can't go to the US-run camp or escape like men, so they seek legal and inexpensive ways. Mojgan Parsai has also done the same; she wants to save herself from Iraq and I believe that this is the right of her, and others who were left by Rajavi.
An interview with Mr. Hadi Shams Haeri about dismissing Mojgan Parsai Awaa: According to the reports published on the website of Awaa Association nearly 10 days ago, Mojgan Parsai has crossed the red line by revealing some information to the Americans in Camp Ashraf and now it seems that Maryam Rajavi's going to depose her and appoint someone else to take her post. What do you think about it? Mr. Haeri: I should say that Maryam Rajavi's now in Paris, waiting for trial. She's away from Iraq and Camp Ashraf and she has no control over it; on the other hand, Massoud Rajavi has hidden himself since 2 years ago. So, the only one who decides for the MKO is the one who has control over forces and the MKO in Camp Ashraf, namely Mojgan Parsai and no one else. Therefore, Maryam has neither power nor the authority to appoint the first person of the camp. Had she (Maryam) considered for herself the right of interfering in MKO's affairs in Iraq, she should have stayed with her forces; so, the one who has escaped from the situation has not the right to interfere and command. On the other hand, MKO in Iraq is under the supervision of Americans and they are providing food and drinking water for Mojahedin so they (Americans) have the right to interfere. Americans have replaced Saddam and are the master of the MKO. So, it has nothing to do with Maryam. Mojgan is well aware of this fact that she is the powerful person and that she is the one who can depose Maryam or appoint her. Awaa: She has been accused of giving special information- on MKO's cooperation with Saddam Hussein- during negotiations with the Americans in exchange for winning their positive answer about her asylum request. What's your idea? Mr. Haeri: of course, she lived in the US before coming to Iraq. Rajavi appointed an American student as the first person of the group to show MKO's friendship towards the US. About her asylum request, I should say that after the camp was bombed (in which 30-40 members were killed) and after the fall of Saddam Hussein and disarmament of the MKO, the camp was entangled in a critical situation. Everyone thought of escaping the camp. Rajavi was the one who escaped and sent Maryam, along with her servants and guards, to France. Others, considered unimportant or trouble-makers, were left in Iraq. Those left in Iraq know that the situation is critical and that a very vague future is waiting for them, that's why they all think of escaping from Iraq. Women- more restricted than men- can't go to the US-run camp or escape like men, so they seek legal and inexpensive ways. Mojgan Parsai has also done the same; she wants to save herself from Iraq and I believe that this is the right of her, and others who were left by Rajavi. Awaa: Can she cut a deal with Americans and replace the Rajavis? Mr. Haeri: this would be difficult for Mojgan since the Rajavi's still have spies and fedayeens. I believe that if she wants to be clever, if she wants to save herself and others from Ashraf prison, and if she wants to leave a good name of herself behind, she should gather all dissidents around her and depose all Rajavi's spies and mercenaries. I'm sure that dissidents and those who want to leave the MKO constitute 70 percent of all members and since Mojgan Parsai can access the individual cases she's able to distinguish dissidents. She should take the control of all affairs, divide the responsibilities among dissidents and set herself free of the shame of working with Maryam Rajavi. Awaa: this estimation of yours is in contradiction with the stance taken by Mojgan Parsai regarding the two members who were arrested by Iraqi government. Mr. Haeri: Not at all. These 2 members were arrested 9 days before Ms. Parsai's comments. Where was she during these 9 days? The commander of the MKO in Iraq should be the first one who announces an event and comments on it while we see that all MKO sympathizers in Europe demonstrated and acted in support of these two and then Ms. Parsai remembers that two members have been arrested! So, Ms. Parsai's stance is only a setup. MKO wrote a message on her behalf and that was after Awaa announced that she has been deposed. If that message really belonged to her, she should have written it before the news of her deposition was published. In addition, she should have announced it by TV, and not written letter, and then people could believe that she was free. Reports indicate that the MKO has deposed her and that it's interrogating her. We hope these reports are incorrect and she can save herself. Awaa: you know that the Rajavis have deposited a large amount of money in their bank accounts. If she becomes the leader of the MKO, how can she provide the needed budgets? Mr. Haeri: for the time being, the Organization needs no budget since the Americans pay the costs of forces in Ashraf. If she wants to take the group out of Iraq and condemn armed struggle and announce peaceful political struggle, forces can work in Europe and provide the budgets without relying on suspicious financial sources. This is what all opposition groups do. On the other hand, when people see that the MKO is honest, it has returned from its past and has quitted violence and terror, they would help that group. Awaa: thank you indeed for this interview. Mr. Haeri: I also thank you for your time.

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