France drops charges against Iran opposition group

Associated Press – Pierre-antoine Souchard
PARIS – Judicial officials say that investigators have dropped terror-linked charges against 24 members of an exiled Iranian opposition group arrested in a spectacular raid in 2003.

Among those who initially faced preliminary charges was Maryam Rajavi, leader of the People’s Mujahedeen of Iran, based outside Paris. The arrests led several followers of the group to set themselves afire in protest.

 Judicial officials said Thursday that nine people remain under investigation for suspected financial misdoings.

The officials were not authorized to speak publicly and asked not to be named.

The People’s Mujahedeen is listed as a terrorist organization by the United States. The European Union removed the group from its terrorist list two years ago.

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