35 Iranian dissidents sent to Baghdad for questioning
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Last Updated: Monday, August 03, 2009, 00:26
Baquba (Iraq): Thirty-five Iranian dissidents arrested by Iraqi security forces during a takeover of their base were on Sunday transferred to Baghdad for questioning, a senior Iraqi official said.

"Today, 35 of the people arrested at Camp Ashraf were moved to Baghdad for questioning," said the official in Diyala province's security operations centre.

A spokesman for the People's Mujahedeen group, whose Camp Ashraf base was stormed by Iraqi security forces on Tuesday, said thirty-six residents had been arrested, of whom thirty-two had been sent to provincial capital Baquba, with the whereabouts of four still unknown.

"The Iranian regime is planning to either transfer them to Iran ... or to eliminate them," Mujahedeen spokesman Shahriar Kia said in a statement, repeating allegations that Baghdad's actions were being carried out at Tehran's behest.

Eleven residents of Camp Ashraf have died since Iraqi forces stormed the site on Tuesday, an Iraqi security official has said, although the Mujahedeen say twelve have been killed.

Camp Ashraf, in Diyala province northeast of Baghdad, is home to 3,500 People's Mujahedeen members and their families.

The People's Mujahedeen, a Marxist and Islamic movement, was founded in 1965 in opposition to the Shah of Iran and has subsequently fought to oust the clerical regime which took power in the 1979 Islamic revolution.

Bureau Report

First Published: Monday, August 03, 2009, 00:26

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