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FBI: Terror Group Members Arrested

Associated Press Writer

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Seven members of an anti-Iranian terror group have been arrested for collecting money that was used for weapons including mortars and rockets, the FBI (news - web sites) said Wednesday. Photo here Cartoon here

The seven members of the Mujahedeen Khalq Organization of Iran, or the People's Holy Warriors, were arrested Tuesday following a three-year international investigation, the FBI's James DeSarno told reporters.

None of the seven is tied to any terrorist act in the United States or overseas, DeSarno said.

``The subjects in this case targeted (for fund-raising) travelers, primarily of Asian descent, as they arrived at Los Angeles International Airport. They dressed in business attire and used binders containing photographs of starving children and other documents,'' DeSarno said.

As much as $10,000 a day was collected in this manner, he said.

They also solicited members of the Iranian community, he said.

The cell raised the funds on behalf of a charity fund known as the Committee for Human Rights, but investigators found that the money was used to support terrorist actions, he said.

``It is believed that the money was used to buy arms, such as mortars and rocket propelled grenades or RPGs,'' DeSarno said.

The group deposited $1 million in a Turkish bank during a 12-month period. In April 1999, another $400,000 was transferred to a used auto parts store in the United Arab Emirates, he said.

The mujahedeen participated in the demonstrations that helped overthrown the shah of Iran in 1978. The group is believed to have participated in the 1979 takeover of the U.S. embassy in Tehran, Iran, and to have killed several U.S. military personnel and civilians, DeSarno said.

The group, however, split from the Islamic Revolution led by Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini. It is now based in Iraq and seeks to overthrow Iran's Islamic government.

The State Department has said that Iraq has spent millions of dollars building a military base for the mujahedeen.

The seven were identified as Iranian nationals living in Los Angeles.

The FBI said the group's leader was Tahmineh Tahamtan, 39. The others were identified as Mustafa Ahmady, 46; Hossein Afshari, 43; Ali Reza Moradi, 30; Hassan Rezai, 46; Najaf Eshkoftegi, 50, and Mohammad Omidvar, 44.

All were charged with support of a terrorist organization, which carries a sentence of up to 10 years in prison.


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