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Mohammad Seyedi Kashani, oldest PMOI/MEK member, passes away

Mohammad Seyedi Kashani passed away
Mohammad Seyedi Kashani passed away

Reported by PMOI/MEK

 

Albania, Dec. 20, 2018 - 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.

 

Mohammad Seyedi Kashani

Mohammad Seyedi Kashani

 

Called “Baba,” or Father, by all PMOI/MEK members, Kashani suffered severe lung problems after being shot by the Shah’s forces. Years later, he was shot again in the lung by the mullahs’ forces, leading to the removal of parts of his second lung. As a result, Kashani was struggling with severe illnesses for years.

Following the 1979 revolution, Kashani was in charge of the PMOI/MEK’s music branch, supervising the production of a number of songs and anthems.

 

Mohammad Seyedi Kashani

Mohammad Seyedi Kashani

 

Kashani was a candidate during the 1980 parliamentary elections and in 1981, after Iranian regime founder Khomeini ordered his forces to open fire on peaceful demonstrators, Kashani like all other PMOI/MEK members went underground. Later in 1981, he was able to exit Iran and join other PMOI/MEK members in France, where he continued his work as a song/anthem producer.

 

 

Mohammad Seyedi Kashani

Mohammad Seyedi Kashani

 

Following the 2003 war in Iraq, Kashani lived alongside other PMOI/MEK members in Iraq for 14 years, enduring his illnesses and the difficult conditions imposed by the Iranian regime’s agents in the Iraqi government against this movement. In 2016, Kashani was transferred to Albania like all other PMOI/MEK members.

In March 2018, he also published a book called “The Symphony of Resistance,” covering his memoirs.

 

Kashani in Camp Liberty after the Oct 2015 missile attack by the Iranian regime’s proxies

Kashani in Camp Liberty after the Oct 2015 missile attack by the Iranian regime’s proxies

 

Kashani alongside Iranian opposition leader Massoud Rajavi

Kashani alongside Iranian opposition leader Massoud Rajavi

 

Iranian opposition President Maryam Rajavi expressed her condolences on Kashani’s passing, describing him as a symbol of dignity and perseverance.