Nowrouz-Ali Rezvani

AKA - Nooruz Ali Rezvani, Nasser Rezvani

Nowrouz-Ali Rezvani that was in the NLA bases for a few years was recruited by the MOIS and worked closely with Seed Emami and Nasseer Khajeh-Nouri, according to Jamshid Tafrishi, a former MOIS agent who defected.

Rezvani left the resistance organization in 1992, claiming he was disillusioned with the Iran-Iraq War.  He resettled in Germany and soon after began to make false allegations against the PMOI.  He claimed he had been imprisoned and tortured by the resistance group after objecting to the killing of ethnic Kurds in northern Iraq and Muslim rebels in the south.

Rezvani is best known for a fabricated story about the PMOI published by the Canadian Ottawa Citizen on November 17, 2001.

Ottawa Citizen Disinformation Article

A 4,000 word article by the Ottawa Citizen, based on false documents created by the MOIS, alleged the PMOI was “secretly harboring Saddam Hussein’s arsenal of nuclear, chemical, and biological weapons."1

Rezvani, in an "exclusive interview," claimed he personally had witnessed “the transportation of chemical and atomic materials from the factory in the vicinity of the cities of Samara and Takrit to the Ashraf base near the city of Baghobeh, in the Alazim Region, and also the transportation of 17,000 chemical and nuclear ammunitions from Division 7 of the Iraqi Army to the Ashraf base.”

Rezvani said the PMOI was part of a massive effort to “gather weapons of mass destruction to annihilate North America and Europe.”  To bolster his story, he provided the newspaper with “hand-drawn maps detailing the top-secret locations of Saddam’s arsenal of mass destruction.”

Rezvani said “United Nations weapons inspectors have repeatedly been denied access to the mojahedin camps since April 1999, when the UN Security Council established the terms of the Gulf War ceasefire agreement.”

Rezvani confessed he “had kept his knowledge secret for years out of fear for his safety, and that of his family.  He said he was finally moved to make the information public in the interests of world peace”

Rezvani indicated many chemical weapons were stored in a cave south of a PMOI base in Iraq.  Rezvani said “Documents and computer files are said to be kept under heavy watch here.  The rest of the top-secret base is said to store nuclear, biological and chemical weapons.”

The Ottawa Citizen contacted the NCRI for a comment about the allegations and was told that Rezvani was a MOIS agent and his allegations were “a bunch of lies.”  Still the newspaper went ahead with the story.  The NCRI was vindicated several years later when U.S. authorities confirmed Saddam Husssein had never amassed a stockpile of nuclear, biological and chemical weapons. UN weapons inspectors had not been denied access to the PMOI camps.  The United National Special Commission (UNSCOM) conducted numerous ground and aerial inspections of PMOI camps, finding nothing suspicious.  In fact, the inspections were welcomed by the NCRI to dispel MOIS charges that it was hiding WMDs.  

Human Rights Watch & Amnesty International

Rezvani later made contact with Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International, according to Mahmoud Masoudi, a former MOIS agent to disclosed operations against the PMOI in a 2002 letter to Rudd Lubbers, then the UN High Commissioner for Refugees:

“One of the ringleaders of the meeting with Amnesty International’s representative was a man called Ali Rezvani, who was in constant contact with Khajeh-Nouri.  After 1995, Rezvani, under Intelligence Ministry’s instructions and the scenarios given to him by the Ministry, gave horrific, fabricated accounts of human rights violations by the Mojahedin to Amnesty, Human Rights Watch and other human rights organizations.”

1) “Saddam’s Deadly Secret.”  Aaron Sands.  The Ottawa Citizen.  November 17, 2001.

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