UN experts urge Iraq to probe fate of missing Iranian dissidents

By REUTERS
December 10, 2013 01:11

 
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UNITED NATIONS - A United Nations group urged Iraq on Monday to swiftly investigate the disappearance of seven Iranian dissidents who vanished in September after a deadly attack on the Iranians' camp near Baghdad.

Last week a senior Iraqi government official said Iraq was hunting militants, still unidentified, who led the deadly attack on the Iranian dissident camp and dismissed suggestions its own security forces were behind the violence.

But the UN experts said more was needed from Baghdad.

"We call upon the Government of Iraq to speed up the investigations in order to disclose the fate and whereabouts of the individuals," the UN Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances said in a statement.

The working group added that Iraqi forces also appear to have admitted they had held the seven Iranian dissidents at some point.

More than 50 people were killed at the dissident Mujahadin-e-Khalq (MEK) group's Camp Ashraf in September in an attack the United Nations described as "an atrocious crime" and which drew condemnation from the United States and Britain. Assailants took time to conduct execution-style killings and plant bombs.

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