Kazem Gharibabadi, secretary of Iran’s High Council for Human Rights, made the remarks in an interview with the Arabic-language Al-Alam television news network.
Gharibabadi said that the MKO terrorist group, like other terror outfits, is based in Western countries and enjoys full support of certain Western states.
“We believe that Westerners draw on these groups as a tool in order to reach their foreign policy objectives. These terrorist groups lack the capacity to play a supporting role for the foreign policy of the West and the United States as their advocates,” the top Iranian official said.
He said the MKO terrorists must be accountable for their criminal actions, noting that they have martyred more than 17,000 innocent people in different parts of Iran.
Gharibabadi also pointed to the decision by Branch 1 of Tehran’s Criminal Court to bring to trial 104 MKO members, including the ringleader of the terror cult Maryam Rajavi, stating that the deadline for them to introduce defense lawyers to the court expired a few days ago. The top Iranian rights official said the decision to openly hold the trial of the MKO members for their terrorist actions depends on the court itself.