The Straits Times
Published on Sep 29, 2012

US takes Iran opposition group off terror list


WASHINGTON (AFP) - The United States (US) on Friday removed an Iranian opposition group based abroad, the People's Mujahedeen of Iran, from its blacklist of designated terror groups after years of intense lobbying.

The move, ending a complex legal battle fought through US and European courts, came just days ahead of an Oct 1 deadline set by a US appeals court by which Secretary of State Hillary Clinton had to decide on the fate of the group.

Mrs Clinton has decided "to revoke the designation of the Mujahedeen-e-Khalq (MEK) and its aliases as a Foreign Terrorist Organisation (FTO) under the Immigration and Nationality Act and to delist the MEK as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist under Executive Order 13224," the State Department said.

The MEK, whose leadership is based in Paris, has invested much money and years of intense lobbying to be taken off the list.