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In defiance of EU Court ruling, the EU Council intends to maintain the PMOI on the terror list

Mrs. Rajavi: Non-compliance with the court’s verdict amounts to continuing appeasement of the mullahs’ regime, but cannot save the regime from the winds of change in Iran

NCRI – The EU’s Council of Ministers, acting at the behest of the mullahs’ regime and simultaneous with talks between EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana and the Secretary for the regime’s Supreme National Security Council Brig. Gen. Ali Larijani, and while bowing to pressure exerted by the United Kingdom, intends to maintain the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI) on the terrorist list. It is planning to announce its decision next week. 

On December 12, 2006, the European Court of Justice clearly annulled the Council’s decision to include the PMOI on the terrorist list, reiterating that it deemed the Council decision to have never existed.

Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran, said in this respect that the inclusion of the PMOI on the list is a brazen challenge to the Court’s verdict and a breach of the rule of law. As such, the Council of Ministers not only has violated its obligations under the European treaty, but has also broken the law and violated the standards set out by the Court.

Without producing any credible evidence or documents, the Council intends to designate the PMOI. Despite persistent follow-ups by the PMOI counsel in the past four months, the Council has not provided any convincing document that would justify its decision.

The few documents presented to the Counsel only demonstrate the EU Council’s empty hand and the unwarranted nature of the PMOI’s terrorist listing.  The documents have nothing to do with the terrorist label. The most recent belongs to 2001 and the rest go as far back as the last century.

Last month, the PMOI filed a lawsuit against the Council for not implementing the Court’s ruling. If the Council decides to maintain the PMOI on the list, the organization will again refer the matter to the European Court of Justice.

Pointing to the unprecedented and widespread uprisings by teachers, workers, students, women, and other sectors of Iranian society which have increased dramatically in the past months and weeks, Mrs. Rajavi said that the EU decision which is designed to help out the regime, cannot save the regime from being changed, which is the demand of all Iranian people.

Subsequent to the Court’s verdict, more than 1,000 members of parliaments from 23 European countries issued a statement demanding that the Council remove the PMOI from the list. 

On May 16, the European Affairs Committee of the Danish Parliament adopted a binding resolution which demanded that the Court’s ruling be implemented fully. The Dutch Senate’s Judiciary Committee has asked Holland’s Foreign Minister to consult the Parliament before undertaking any decision about the PMOI in the EU Council of Ministers.

Mrs. Rajavi added that the ruling religious fascism, in breach of the United Nations Security Council’s resolutions, was trying to obtain nuclear weapons; its Revolutionary Guards and agents were carrying out carnage in Iraq, and through the export of fundamentalism and terrorism to Lebanon, Palestine, Yemen and Afghanistan had engulfed the entire region in crisis. In these circumstances, continuing to appease the mullahs and submitting to the demands of the Iranian regime would put the Middle East and the world at large on the brink of a catastrophe, she added.

The NCRI’s President-elect called on all EU member states to oppose the Council’s acquiescence to the Iranian regime’s demands. She also urged them to challenge the UK and a number of other countries as they try to coerce the Council into including the PMOI on the terrorist list. 

Secretariat of the National Council of Resistance of Iran
May 24, 2007