Iranian agents dispatched to the U.S. to conspire against the Resistance, Iranian dissidents and refugees
NCRI, October 23 – The clerical regime has dispatched a number of notorious agents of its Ministry of Intelligence and Security (MOIS), posing as former members and officials of the People’s Mojahedin (PMOI), to Washington, DC, to embark on a misinformation campaign against the PMOI. The action comes after a major demonstration by 20,000 Iranians in protest to the visit to New York by the mullahs’ President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad last September and a growing consensus in the United States Congress and among American political personalities and experts about the need to remove the terror label against the PMOI.
The regime is trying on the one hand to prevent the growing wave of support for the PMOI and the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) and for the removal of the PMOI from the terrorist list. On the other hand, it is trying to cover up its secret nuclear weapons program and its increasing terrorist and fundamentalist meddling in Iraq, which the PMOI has revealed consistently. These actions are a bid to thwart the referral of its nuclear file to the United Nations Security Council.
One notorious MOIS agent going to Washington, DC is Karim Haqi, who has been used by the regime for espionage and terrorist schemes as well as disseminating false information against the Iranian opposition in the past 10 years.
In 1991, during the Persian Gulf War, while living with the PMOI, Karim Haqi requested to be transferred to Baghdad from Camp Ashraf due to "physical problems."
In a letter to the PMOI in November 1992, his wife, Mohtaram Baba’i, wrote, "After the bombing raid on Camp Ashraf, the PMOI transferred me, my husband and our child to Jalalzadeh building in the heart of Baghdad for greater protection. During this period, in addition to all the accommodations that all combatants and members of the PMOI received, we were given special treatment and added accommodations. We were also provided with an exclusive apartment, a car to commute in Baghdad, and a monthly allowance of 1,000 Dinars.”
In a letter dated October 28, 1992, Haqi wrote: “I ask that, until the arrangements are made for me and my family to go to the United States, and in order to prevent the clerical regime and its agents from exploiting my decision to leave the ranks of the Resistance, I be allowed to return to work at Camp Ashraf for a six-month period.”
Ultimately, in January 1993, the PMOI helped Karim Haqi and his family to relocate to France, where his living expenses were paid by the PMOI. He was recruited by the MOIS in 1995 and was in regular contact with an MOIS official in the regime’s embassy in the Netherlands, named Maghsoudi.
Until 1995 Karim Haqi had not uttered a word against the PMOI. In the spring of 1995, after having lived in Europe and having had no contact with the PMOI for three years, he claimed that he had been imprisoned and tortured by the PMOI in Iraq and began to churn out a variety of allegations against the PMOI that were actually dictated by the MOIS.
Haqi is supported and financed by the MOIS directly from Tehran and is in contact with other MOIS agents in Europe. In order to keep these contacts secret, he met with MOIS officials in East Asia, including Singapore.
So extensive were Haqi’s contacts and collaboration with the MOIS that on several occasions, Dutch police interrogated and warned him about his contacts and receiving money from the MOIS, including in February 2000.
In November 2004, Haqi went to the township Auvers-sur-Oise on several occasions for surveillance operations and photography around Mrs. Maryam Rajavi’s residence under various covers. His actions raised the suspicion of local officials, who expelled himv from the township.
Last week, Haqi accompanied another MOIS agent, Behzad Alishahi, to Paris to introduce him as a former official of the PMOI. Three months ago, in July, Haqi joined another MOIS agent, Javad Firouzmand, in Paris. Firouzmand was specifically commissioned to track down Mr. Massoud Rajavi and carry out the order by the mullahs’ Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei to assassinate him (PMOI statement, April 14, 2003).
The Dutch Security Service, VVD, wrote in its 2001 report, "One of the tasks of the Iranian Ministry of Intelligence and Security is to track down and identify those who are in contact with opposition groups abroad. Supporters of the most important opposition group, the People’s Mojahedin, are especially under scrutiny of Iranian security service more than any other group. The Intelligence Ministry tries to gather information on the Mojahedin through its members and ex-members as much as possible. Intelligence Ministry officers are instructed to spread negative information against the People’s Mojahedin Organization (and its members). They are trying therefore, to destabilize the organization and demonize the Mojahedin in the host country and thus end its political and social activities."
Another MOIS agent who will be accompanying Haqi in his trip is Amir-Hossein Kord Rostami. He lives in Ottawa, Canada, and has connections with other agents of this ministry abroad. Rostami was officially a member of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) in the town of Bandar Gaz (northern Iran) in 1979 .In the summer of 1981, Rostami took part in search-and-arrest operations against the PMOI and their supporters in the town of Gorgan (northern Iran), during which he arrested a member of the PMOI by the name of Ali-Hossein Turkoman Gholami who was later executed in prison in September 1981.
Rostami was actively involved in the Revolutionary Guards’ transfer of PMOI prisoners from the town of Bandar Gaz to the Prosecutor’s Office in the town of Behshahr. He was later transferred to Tehran to take part in operations to identify PMOI members.
In 1986, the MOIS assigned Rostami to infiltrate the ranks of the PMOI. His identity was, however, discovered shortly and he was sent back to the country from where he had been dispatched.
In Canada, Rostami was in charge of the Iranian embassy’s “Fatemeh Cultural Center” library in Canada for some time. He is in contact with the Iranian embassy Canada and goes there systematically. Rostami regularly sends statements and books published by the MOIS to political personalities and members of parliament, targeting in particular individuals who support the Iranian Resistance in Canada.
A third agent, Mahin (Parvin-Mahrokh) Haji, resides in Ottawa as well. She and her husband have active ties with the Iranian embassy there and travel to Iran frequently. Haji accompanied Kaqi and a number of other MOIS operatives in a Press conference in Paris in April 2003, to set the stage for the French police raid on the Iranian Resistance’s centers and homes of its members and sympathizers.
Rostami and Haji operate two MOIS websites in Canada by the names of “Poorandokht” and “Iran-Pars."
The Iranian Resistance draws the attention of relevant U.S. authorities to the conspiracies by the clerical regime’s agents, as well as its espionage and terrorist activities in this country. The Godfather of terrorism and the most active state sponsor of terrorism must not be allowed to turn U.S. territory into a center for its activities against Iranian exiles and dissidents.
Secretariat of the National Council of Resistance of Iran
October 23, 2005