Associated Press, August 15 - The US military says it is investigating the apparent kidnapping of two Iranian opposition members who disappeared weeks ago in Baghdad and it's demanding their release.
The People's Mujahideen Organisation of Iran, or Mujahideen Khalq, had said two of its members were kidnapped by Iraqi interior ministry special forces troops, but ministry officials said they had no information about the abductions.
In response to kidnapping of two PMOI members in Iraq, Multi-National Force-Iraq issued a statement condemning this terrorist act. The full text of the statement follows:
Ms. Mojgan Parsai, Secretary General of the People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI), made the following comments regarding the abduction of two PMOI members in Baghdad:
"Subsequent to the acknowledgment by Iraqi Foreign and Defense ministers that the PMOI enjoyed political refugee status in Iraq, and after losing hope in the expulsion of the PMOI from Iraq and the election of a Revolutionary Guards commander, terrorist and hostage taker, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad as President, the clerical regime has again resorted to terrorism and kidnappings. It has found itself on the losing end legally, politically and internationally despite all the conspiracies it hatched against the PMOI."
The Lord Slynn of Hadley raised his concern over the plight of two abducted members of the PMOI in his letter to the Lord Trieseman, Minister of Foreign and Commonwealth Office, on August 10 which in part read:
“I have in the past advised the National Council of Resistance of Iran that it would be a breach of International Law and in particular of International Human Rights Law for members of the Iranian PMOI in Iraq at Ashraf Camp to be returned to Iran from Iraq. I understood that the United States authorities (who were responsible in the Ashraf area) and others accepted this. No attempt was made to send the members to Iran.
In a letter to the Iraqi Prime Minister Ibrahim Jafari on August 12, the U.S. member of Congress Edolphus Town expressed his concern over the disappearance of two PMOI members in Iraq. A copy of his letter was also sent to the Iraqi Foreign Minister and several international human rights bodies which in part reads: “Terrorism is a great impediment to the establishment of freedom and democracy in Iraq. It is our responsibility to aid Iraqis who are interested in an independent and democratic country.
Two members of the People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI), Messrs. Hossein Pouyan and Mohammad-Ali Zahedi, were abducted by Iraq's Interior Ministry Special Forces at 12:30 pm, Thursday, August 4, 2005, in Baghdad's Karradah Street, according to a report by the PMOI.
In separate letters to Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of Iraq Lord Corbett of Castle Vale, Chairman, British Committee for Iran Freedom, expressed his grave concerns over abduction of two members of the People's Mojahedin of Iran by agents of Iranian regime in Iraq. Following is the text of his letter: