Iran and Iraq have signed an extradition agreement that Iranian media speculated could lead to members of a militant group that used to enjoy refuge in Iraq being sent home for trial.
The accord, signed by justice ministers of both countries in Tehran late on Sunday according to official news agencies, follows a raid by Iraqi forces on April 8 on Camp Ashraf, home of the People's Mujahideen Organisation of Iran, which wants to overthrow the Iranian government.
According to the U.N. human rights chief, 34 people were killed in the raid on the camp which was set up under former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein but which the new government has said must close.
Iraq, Iran and the United States consider the PMOI, also known as the Mujahideen Khalq Organisation (MKO), terrorists though the European Union removed the group from its terrorism blacklist in 2009.
The camp's fate has been in question since the U.S. military turned it over to Baghdad in 2009 under a bilateral security agreement. Baghdad has said Ashraf residents would be given until year-end to leave the country.
ReutersLast Mod: 25 Nisan 2011, 11:59