Witness of Jamshid Tafrishi- a letter to UN special representative on Iran

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His Excellency Maurice Danby Copithorne,

Special Representative on Iran

Please accept my best greetings. I am Jamshid Tafreshi and met with you in Geneva together with 13 other individuals, including two children, as former members of the people's Mojahedin Organization on January 16, 1996. I had written to you from Hamburg on the same subject a month prior to our meeting. 

The objective of our meeting was to accuse the Mojahedin of having prisons, and committing torture, execution and violation of human rights on the eve of information in your report.

This meeting was not my first not my last act against the Mojahedin. After several years of activity against the Mojahedin and direct cooperation with Iran's Ministry of Intelligence, I have now realized that my contacts were not ordinary agents of the Islamic Republic's Intelligence Ministry but chief murderers and terrorists. This troubled my conscious and I found the courage in myself to request from the Mojahedin and NCR, despite the regime. I hope to be able to make up for small part of the shame that I have for what I have done. I, therefore, would like to briefly inform you of my activities both before and after the meeting with you.

I went to Iraq in 1989 and joined the National Liberation Army of Iran. With the start of the domestic crisis in Iraq and the Persian Gulf War, as I could not tolerate the difficult conditions of being part of the resistance, on October 14, 1990, I wrote a letter declaring that I could no longer continue the struggle. I requested to be translated to Hilla refugee camp south of Baghdad, so that I could leave Iraq through UN (UNGCR). The personnel department of the National Liberations Army of Iran gave me 2000 Dinars for my immediate needs. 


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