According to Iranian resistance statement dated May 12, on Tuesday, during a May 8 hearing, before the US Court of Appeal for the District of Columbia, the attorney for the U.S. Department of State responding to the judges who had questioned him on the Department failure to complete their review of the FTO designation of the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) said that the US Army has “never been able to inspect” Ashaf. “The MEK did not permit it” and “the military has never done a complete search and inspection” of Ashraf. NCRI”s statement adds that his remarks contradict the verification of the status of all residents of Camp Ashraf as 'Protected Persons' under the Fourth Geneva Convention by the US government in 2004, as well as all the documents signed by the US military officers verifying Ashraf residents complete handover of their arms and ammunitions, repeated statements by General Odierno on the issue, and May 10 and May 17, 2003 statements by CENTCOM and other senior officials who have repeatedly declared that MEK “have been completely disarmed. We have taken all small arms and all heavy equipment.'
The Iranian Resistance urged the US Department of State and US Department of Defense to task US military special forces to immediately inspect Ashraf with necessary equipments and announce their findings. This is an essential condition for continuation of the process of relocation of Ashraf residents to Liberty in order to prevent any justification for further massacres the NCRI’s statement added.
An Iranian rapper is in hiding outside Iran after his song called “Naghi” was published. There’s a $100,000 bounty on his headAccording to the daily Beast, May 12, A German-based Iranian is in hiding after his single was deemed an insult to a Shi’a imam. In an interview, the artist says Tehran is instigating outrage—and he fears a fatwa. Just days after the release of a song that led to heated reactions in Iran and a bounty on his head, German-based Iranian rapper Shahin Najafi told The Daily Beast that he is not going to apologize for his provocative work, as he does not see it as an insult. He accused Tehran’s “ruling system” of stirring up religious outrage. Najafi, moved to Germany in 2005 and has released four albums. Each has focused on everyday life in the Islamic Republic, “Naqi,” the name of the 10th Shi’a imam, may have launched him into a life-threatening whirlwind similar to that faced by author Salman Rushdie. Najafi told The Daily Beast that perceiving his song as an insult is “a 100 percent misinterpretation.” Since the song came out May 7 and drew death threats against Najafi, the German government has provided a safe house for the artist, who worries the security is insufficient. “I’m living in a secret place now and I don’t have any bodyguards. My daily life and work have been derailed,” he said in an interview. “Naturally, I continue my own way, but this didn’t make me happy. I have nothing against people’s beliefs. I do my own artistic work.” Shia-Online announced Thursday that it had allocated ,$100.000 for the killing of Najafi. On Wednesday, Iran’s semi-official Fars News Agency, which is known for its ties to the Revolutionary Guards’ Intelligence Unit, wrote that a ranking ayatollah, Safi Golpayegani, had issued a fatwa about Najafi’s alleged apostasy, meaning that his killing would be “necessary” according to Sharia law.