NCRI – An agent of the Iranian Ministry of Intelligence and Security (MOIS), identified as Mohsen Abbaslou, has been dispatched to France to pose as a former member of the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI). MOIS has purported that this agent has recently escaped from Camp Ashraf (main base of PMOI forces in Iraq), in a bid to make use of him in espionage and terrorist activities. News of the arrival of the MOIS agent in France comes as the clerical regime has come under extensive international condemnation for the brutal execution of Mojahedin member Hojjat Zamani and its intensified pressure on other political prisoners. The move is seen as retaliation for revelations of the mullahs’ ominous nuclear ambitions by the Iranian Resistance and the referral of its file to the UN Security Council.
Abbaslou was sent to Iraq in 2003 in a bid to infiltrate into PMOI ranks. Many of his family members and relatives are members of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) and the paramilitary Basij force. Abbaslou was identified as an MOIS agent after five months in the PMOI’s entry facility and was subsequently expelled from the PMOI and transferred to the exit facility under control of US forces stationed at Camp Ashraf. A short while later, he escaped from the facility with the help of MOIS agents and went to Iran. Abbaslou was briefed in Iran by the head of MOIS, Gholam-Hossein Mohseni-Ejei, who gave him orders for his terrorist and espionage mission before sending him to Europe.
Abbaslou had written that his orders from the MOIS included, “Surveillance of the PMOI leadership’s residence, identifying PMOI cadres, gaining intelligence on the venue and time of PMOI gatherings, strength of PMOI forces, types of equipment, and communications systems with forces inside of Iran, methods of recruitment from Iran and transfer of forces to Iraq, etc.”
Abbaslou has never been a PMOI member or even a candidate for membership. He appeared in a ridiculous repeat performance with other known MOIS agents, Karim Haghi, Massoud Khodabandeh, Javad Firouzmand, and Behzad Alishahi. The show was boycotted by the press and there were no attendants other than the MOIS agents. Entrance to the show was limited by invitation, which was issued to those trusted by the MOIS, due to fear of protests by Iranians opposed to the clerical regime and its agents.
The Iranian Resistance draws the attention of European governments, and in particular France, to the plots of MOIS agents and the Iranian regime’s espionage and terrorist networks against Iranian refugees and members and supporters of the Iranian Resistance. These agents provide political cover for the regime’s terrorist activities by engaging in a disinformation campaign to demonize the Iranian Resistance. They also gather intelligence against Iranian refugees and dissidents and act as terrorist links with the Iranian regime. The Iranian Resistance, therefore, calls on European countries to identify, prosecute, and expel these agents from their soil.
Secretariat of the National Council of Resistance of Iran
March 11, 2006