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Profile: Massoud Rajavi

 
  

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1997      Plans to use force against Iran

       The US State Department includes the Mujahedeen-e Khalq (MEK), a militant Iranian opposition group, in its list of foreign terrorist organizations. [US State Department, 2003; White House, 9/12/2002; Newsweek, 9/26/2002] MEK, which in English means, “People's Holy Warriors,” [Christian Science Monitor, 7/29/2004] is later described by its former members as a cult. Its husband-and-wife leaders, Massoud and Maryam Rajavi, exercise absolute control over the group's rank-and-file, requiring that members worship them and practice Mao-style self-denunciations. Many of the MEK's members are tricked into joining the group. For example, the parents of Roshan Amini will tell the Christian Science Monitor in 2003 that their son joined because he had been told he would be able to complete two school grades in one year and earn a place in college. But after joining, Amini was not permitted to leave. [Christian Science Monitor, 12/31/2003; Los Angeles Times, 12/5/2004]
People and organizations involved: Maryam Rajavi, Massoud Rajavi, Mujahedeen-e Khalq (MEK)
          

June 23, 2003      Plans to use force against Iran

       France's Secret Service raids the compound of the Iranian terrorist opposition group, Mujahedeen e-Khalq (MEK), an anti-Iranian group that has been on the US State Department's list of Foreign Terrorist Organizations since 1997. Among those arrested are husband-and-wife leaders Maryam and Massoud Rajavi. Following the arrests, nine MEK members across Europe set themselves on fire in protest. At least three of the protesters die. Critics claim that the self-immolations were ordered by MEK's leadership. [Los Angeles Times, 12/5/2004]
People and organizations involved: Maryam Rajavi, Mujahedeen-e Khalq (MEK), Massoud Rajavi
          

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