Friday, May 4, 2018
Iran-Mohammad Seyedi Kashani, oldest PMOI/MEK member, passes away in Albania
Mohammad Seyedi Kashani, a senior member of the Iranian opposition People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK), passed away on Wednesday in a hospital in Albania. He was a member of this organization for 53 years, joining the PMOI/MEK the day after its foundation. Kashani was in contact with PMOI/MEK founder Mohammad Hanif Nejad.
Born in Tehran in 1942, Kashani went on to receive his Master's Degree in physics from Tehran University. He was then working as a research and development expert in Iran’s national oil company.
For more than seven years, from 1971 to 1979, Kashani spent time behind bars after being arrested by the Shah’s notorious secret service, the SAVAK. During his trial in a military court, he courageously defended the PMOI/MEK positions and ideology and turned the scene into the prosecution of the Shah’s regime for its crimes against the oppressed nation of Iran. Kashani was initially sentenced to two executions and went on to see his ruling downgraded to life in jail. He was released with the last group of political prisoners on January 20, 1979, less than three weeks before the 1979 revolution.
Ms. Marzieh Rezaei, a member of the People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) Central Council, passed away this morning, May 4, 2018, in Albania following a long struggle against cancer.
Born in 1968 into the renowned Rezaei family who have lost many members in the Iranian people’s plight for freedom, Marzieh became familiar with the PMOI/MEK and their devotion for their nation from an early age. After joining the organization she was seen actively accepting a variety of responsibilities.
During the Iraqi forces’ July 2009 attack on Camp Ashraf – former PMOI/MEK site in Iraq – Ms. Rezaei courageously stood shoulder to shoulder with her colleagues to defend their home and rights. Following the Iraqis’ ground assault Ms. Rezaei joined a large number of other PMOI/MEK members launching a hunger strike protesting the atrocity. Despite the deterioration of her health after a long hunger strike, Ms. Mraziah was always there as an inspiration to her friends and colleagues.
After a heinous crime by the mullahs' regime mercenaries in Camp Ashraf in Iraq on Sept. 1st, 2013, in which 52 PMOI/MEK members were brutally gunned down in cold blood, she, along with hundreds of other PMOI members and supporters from around the world went on hunger strike which lasted her 92 days.
And despite all the pains, she also set an example of high spirits in her struggle against struggle cancer.
Maryam Rajavi, the president-elect of the Iranian Resistance expressed her utmost condolences to all PMOI/MEK members and heroic Rezaei family, especially her mother.
The fighting spirit seen in the heroic Marzieh during her years of perseverance in Iraq, and her endurance in the face of cancer, eternally places her alongside the renowned Rezaie family martyrs, Mrs. Rajavi said.
PMOI/MEK Secretary General Ms. Zahra Merikhi hailed Ms. Rezaei, describing her as a genuine example of heroism, perseverance and fighting spirit against the religious fascism ruling Iran.
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