Activities of The Iranian Ministry of Intelligence and Security

PMOI and the Iranian Resistance have time and again disclosed the demonizing campaign by Iranian regime Ministry of Intelligence and Security (MOIS) against the PMOI and its members in camps Ashraf and Liberty with the objective to suppress and massacre PMOI members in Iraq and discredit the democratic alternative to the mullahs.

A fresh investigative joint report prepared by the Pentagon and U.S. Federal Research Division – Library of Congress conducted on Iran’s Ministry of Intelligence confirms PMOI’s previous reports. In the last paragraph on page 26 of U.S. Federal Research Division report it says: “MOIS also recruits outside of Iran. From 1990-93, MOIS recruited former members of Mojahedin-e-Khalq (MEK) – also known as the People’s Mujahedin of Iran (PMOI) or MKO – in Europe and used them to launch a disinformation campaign against MEK.”

Iran Recruits British Subject

anne singleton at ashraf
Anne Singleton at Ashraf, with loudspeaker towers behind

On page 27 this report goes on to add: “After the 1991 Gulf War against Iraq, MOIS made anti-MEK psychological warfare one of its main objectives, but MEK nonetheless has remained a viable organization. Aside from MEK, MOIS assassins also targeted opposition figures in cities abroad such as Baghdad, Berlin, Dubai, Geneva, Istanbul, Karachi, Oslo, Paris, Rome, and Stockholm.”

Agents recruited by MOIS against PMOI (MEK) run Iran-interlink website The joint report by Pentagon and US Congress Library regarding two MOIS agents tasked to manage the Web site states: “The recruitment of a British subject, Anne Singleton, and her Iranian husband, Masoud Khodabandeh, provides a relevant example of how MOIS coerces non-Iranians to cooperate. She worked with MEK in the late 1980s. Masoud Khodabandeh and his brother Ibrahim were both members of MEK at the time.”

Recruiting By Threatening Family

image007 100102

“In 1996 Masoud Khodabandeh decided to leave the organization. Later, he married Anne Singleton. Soon after their marriage, MOIS forced them to cooperate by threatening to confiscate Khodabandeh’s mother’s extensive property in Tehran. Singleton and Khodabandeh then agreed to work for MOIS and spy on MEK. In 2002 Singleton met in Tehran with MOIS agents who were interested in her background. She agreed to cooperate with MOIS to save her brother-in-law’s life he was still a member of MEK at the time.”

Ibrahim Khodabandeh photo
Ibrahim Khodabandeh

“During her stay in Tehran, she received training from MOIS. After her return to England, she launched the Web site in the winter of 2002. After she made many trips to Iran and Singapore the country where the agency contacts its foreign agents MEK became doubtful of Singleton and Khodabandeh’s loyalty to the organization. In 2004 Singleton finally met her brother-in-law, Ibrahim, who was sent from Syria to Iran after the Syrians arrested him (it appears that Syrians closely cooperate with MOIS). Eventually, MOIS forced him to cooperate as well.”

In cooperation with Iraqi government, Iranian MOIS deploys Anne Singleton extensively in Iraq to justify massacre of PMOI members in Iraq In complete coordination with the Government of Iraq, Masoud Khodabandeh and his wife Anne Singleton have travelled to Iraq on numerous occasions to participate – together with other MOIS agents in the psychological torture of Ashraf residents with 300 loudspeakers around Ashraf and to justify massacre and assault against Ashraf.

Iraq Allows Iran Agents, But Not Human Rights

Iran MOIS profile
Iran MOIS profile

It is also interesting to note that while the Iraqi government prevents lawyers and families of members of MEK, reporters, and international human rights organizations from visiting camps Ashraf or Liberty, official agents of MOIS, in coordination with the Iraqi prime ministry, are busy harassing the residents and threatening them with massacres for a period of four years 24 hours 7 days per week.

Briton Coaches Prison Guards

Agents running Iran-Interlink website coaching prison guards in notorious Evin prison in Iran The prestigious British Parliamentary Committee for Iran Freedom reported on October 2007 that, Mr. Win Griffiths, former member of UK House of Commons, in his humanitarian visit to Iran on June 2004, recalls seeing Anne in the infamous Evin prison standing beside torturers: “In a trip to Iran last year seeking the return to Britain of two Iranian refugees illegally sent to Iran by the Syrian authorities, one of whom was Ebrahim Khodabandeh, the brother of Massoud Khodabandeh, I was surprised to see Anne Khodabandeh in Evin prison. After this visit I had to engage in lengthy correspondence with Anne Khodabandeh about this matter because of misleading and inaccurate statements that she and her website, Iran-Interlink, had made about my trip to Iran.”

Anne Singleton and the Khodabandeh brothers

Quoting Ibrahim Khodabandeh, ISNA, an Iranian state run news agency, reports:

“I had a meeting with the UN representative Martin Kobler in Iraq where he said that they have talked with around 100 members of PMOI in Camp Liberty and asked them if they want to leave the organization. They replied that they do not wish to leave and want to stay with the PMOI. I told him are you sure that those people that you talked to even know what it means to be outside the organization? Someone who has been in Ashraf for 20 years can have no idea of how it is to be outside the organization and that someone that for 20 years in his mind a hellish impression about outside the organization has been formed clearly cannot leave the organization with just a 10 minute chat.” (ISNA – November 7, 2012).

MOIS Demands Extraditions

On 11 May, the Secretariat of the National Council of Resistance of Iran declared:

“On 8 May, agents of mullahs’ Ministry of Intelligence “under the banner of Nejat Association, met with Mr. Martin Kobler in Hotel Laleh and demanded the extradition of a group of Ashraf residents to the mullahs’ regime. The SRSG also met a number of MOIS agents under the guise of families of Ashraf residents and has discussed the issue of families of Ashraf and Liberty residents with representatives of International Committee of Red Cross in Tehran.”

Allowing mullahs’ regime meddling in the dossier of Liberty and Ashraf residents is a criminal act that merits judicial prosecution

Shahriar Kia is a member of the Iranian opposition (PMOI /MEK). He is a human rights activist and political analyst on Iran and the Middle East.