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Lifting MKO ban 'not a good precedence' for UK, warns Jalili

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

London, Dec 1, IRNA
Britain would be setting a terrible precedence if it proceeded to lift a ban outlawing the anti-Iran Mojahedin-e Khalq (MKO) sect as a terrorist organisation, Secretary of the Supreme National Security Council Saeed Jalili has warned.

"If they do, this would be a very bad record in the British history," Jalili said.

"It would not be a good precedence for Britain," he said during a news conference in London following his talk with EU Foreign Policy chief, Javier Solana.

His warning came as the British government rejected a decision by the Proscribed Organisations Appeal Commission in London that the MKO, which is also banned in Europe and the US, should be removed from the UK's terrorism blacklist.

"I am disappointed at this judgement. We don't accept it and we intend to appeal," Home Office Minister Tony McNulty said. He added that the MKO would remain on the UK's list of banned terror organisations during the appeal.

Asked by IRNA, Jalili refused to say whether the judgment, made from a court hearing four months ago in July, was just a coincidence timed with his meeting with Solana in London on Friday to discuss the dispute over Iran's nuclear programme.

"It's not a good sign for a British court to take such a decision," he said. "Of course British officials that I met last night said it was not Britain's official position and they will try to rectify this."

The European Union and even the US State Department - "definitely not a friend of the Islamic Republic" - have put the MKO on the rror list, he added.

Jalili suggested that any decision would need to answer the British public, international opinion and the Iranian people.

The MKO, which has carried out wholesale assassinations and terrorist act in Iran since the 1979 Islamic Revolution, was among the first organisations to be formally outlawed under Britain's Terrorism Act 2000.


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