Iran Update
Volume: 1 - Issue:  6517 July 2010
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Court tells State Dept. to reconsider terrorist label for Iran opposition group
The Washington Post
Glenn Kessler
16 July 2010
A federal appeals court on Friday ordered the State Department to review its designation of the People's Mujahedin Organization of Iran as a foreign terrorist organization, strongly suggesting the designation should be revoked.
The 22-page ruling said that the group's due process protections were violated because the State Department did not give it a chance to rebut unclassified information used to justify the designation.
...The current designation was reaffirmed by then-Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice in January, 2009, in one her last acts, even though the State's top counterterrorism official at the time, Dell L. Dailey, had pushed to delist the People's Mujahedeen.
The group's cause has also been taken up by a bipartisan group of lawmakers, including Rep. Brad Sherman (D-Calif.), the chairman of a terrorism panel of the House Foreign Affairs Committee. "I have difficulty understanding what has the MEK done, anything remotely, in recent times, that causes the MEK to be on that list," he said in June.
...Alireza Jafarzadeh, a spokesman for the group, said "this is a great opportunity for Secretary [Hillary Rodham] Clinton to correct a wrong. She would have the backing of Congress."
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U.S. government told to review terrorist list decision
Reuters
16 July 2010

The State Department must review its designation of the People's Mujahedin Organization of Iran, or PMOI, as a foreign terrorist organization, a U.S. appeals court ruled on Friday. In a 22-page decision, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia said the State Department failed to give the group a fair chance to overturn the listing. It remanded the matter to the department.
PMOI filed a petition on July 15, 2008, saying it should no longer be listed as a terrorist group.
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Iranian resistance group scores a victory in US court
M&C
16 July 2010

Washington - A US appellate court ruled Friday that the State Department should reconsider its decision to list an Iranian resistance group as a terrorist organization.
The court determined that the Iraq-based People's Mujahedeen Organization (PMO) was not given an adequate chance to challenge the blacklisting since it has renounced violence and disarmed.
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US erred in counting Iran dissidents as terrorists: court
AFP
16 July 2010

WASHINGTON - An appeals court ruled Friday that the US government erred in classifying the dissident US erred in counting Iran dissidents as terrorists: court of Iran as a terrorist organization.
A three-judge panel of the US federal appeals court in Washington said in its opinion that the State Department "failed to accord the PMOI the due process protections" required by law and called for the status to be reviewed.
The group, which asked for a review of its classification in 2008, was turned down by then-secretary of state Condoleezza Rice in the final days of her tenure.
The court said Rice denied the group even an opportunity to rebut claims it supported terrorist activities, and thereby violated "procedural safeguards required by our precedent."
Maryam Radjavi, head of the Iranian resistance group, said the decision "demonstrates that the terrorist label against the PMOI, and the insistence to continue it, has been merely a political decision in the framework of appeasing the bloodthirsty mullahs and based on the illusion of changing the behavior of the medieval regime ruling Iran."
The group in 2009 was taken off the list of terrorist organizations of the European Union.
Founded in 1965 with the goal of overthrowing the shah of Iran, the group fled Iran after the Islamic revolution and continued to oppose the regime.
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Appeals court sides with Iranian dissident group
The Associated Press
16 July 2010

WASHINGTON - An Iranian opposition group has won a round in its long legal fight to get the State Department to stop classifying it as a terrorist organization.
A federal appeals court on Friday ordered the State Department to reconsider its decision to keep the People's Mujahedeen Organization of Iran on its list of foreign terrorist organization.
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Urgent session of the "Friends of a Free Iran" on Ashraf
ISDCI
15 July 2010

This morning an urgent session was held in Brussels by the European Parliament's intergroup 'Friends of a Free Iran' (FOFI) to review the recent developments related to Camp Ashraf in Iraq which has been the home for decades to around 3400 members and supporters of the PMOI/MEK or the People's Mojahedin of Iran. A large number of members of the EP participated in the session.
This meeting was chaired by Alejo Vidal Quadras, Vice-President of the European Parliament and the Honorary President of the FOFI. In a report of the great gathering of Iranians in Paris in support of Ashraf and the Iranian uprising, Mr Vidal-Quadras said, "3500 parliamentarians from Europe and US including the majority members of European Parliament have signed a statement to call for the protection of Ashraf residents. Besides, Ashraf is a home for human beings who are deeply devoted to democracy and hold the front line for the struggle against the totalitarian regime ruling Iran". He further expressed strong protest of the European Parliament to a new plot by the clerical regime against Ashraf and issuing unlawful arrest warrant for a number of Ashraf residents.
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Strike at Bazaar spreads beyond Tehran
The New York Times
Nazila Fathi
15 July 2010

A strike at the traditional bazaar in Tehran continued into a second week on Thursday, spreading beyond the original gold and garments sectors and to at least two other major cities, news Web sites reported.
The strike, only the second at the bazaar to protest government policies since the 1979 revolution, began last week after the government proposed a 70 percent income tax increase and has continued even after the government lowered the planned increase to 15 percent. Major sections of the grand bazaar in Tehran have been closed this week with vendors sitting in their shops but keeping their doors and shutters closed.
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Russia warns of Iran's potential to build nuclear bomb
AFP
12 July 2010

MOSCOW - Iran is close to having the potential to build a nuclear weapon, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said on Monday in the clearest indication of Moscow alarm over Tehran's atomic drive.
"Iran is nearing the possession of the potential which in principle could be used for the creation of a nuclear weapon," Medvedev said at a meeting with Russian diplomats quoted by Russian news agencies.
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Odierno: Iran threat to US troops in Iraq on rise
The Associated Press
BARBARA SURK
13 July 2010

BAGHDAD - The U.S. military is beefing up security around its bases in Iraq in anticipation of Iranian-backed militants looking to score propaganda points by attacking American soldiers leaving the country, the U.S. commander said Tuesday.
Gen. Ray Odierno said the Iranian threat to U.S. forces has increased as Tehran looks to boost its political and economic influence in Iraq in the face of a decreasing U.S. military presence.
"There's a very consistent threat from Iranian surrogates operating in Iraq," and security has been stepped up at some U.S. bases, Odierno told reporters in Baghdad. He added that joint operations with Iraqi forces against suspected Iranian-sponsored insurgents have also been increased, while the scheduled withdrawal proceeds apace.
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In This Issue
Court tells State Dept. to reconsider terrorist label for Iran opposition group
U.S. government told to review terrorist list decision
Iranian resistance group scores a victory in US court
US erred in counting Iran dissidents as terrorists: court
Appeals court sides with Iranian dissident group
Urgent session of the "Friends of a Free Iran" on Ashraf
Strike at Bazaar spreads beyond Tehran...
Russia warns of Iran's potential to build nuclear bomb
Odierno: Iran threat to US troops in Iraq on rise
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