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Iranian exiles blame Iraqis for camp death

BAGHDAD — An Iranian exile group representing residents of a refugee camp outside Baghdad alleged Monday that one of its members died after Iraqi authorities prevented him from being hospitalized last month.

The allegation is the latest against the Iraqi government by the Paris-based National Council of Resistance of Iran over what it sees as poor treatment at two refugee camps in Iraq.

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Members of the group’s Mujahedeen-e-Khalq militant wing, which until recently was labeled a terror organization by Washington, began moving from their longtime home in northeast Iraq to a camp near the capital’s airport this year. The new camp is meant to be a temporary way station while the United Nations works to resettle the residents abroad.

Behrooz Rahimian was staying at the camp when he began complaining of chest pains on Nov. 25, according to an NCRI statement. He was taken to a Baghdad hospital, but Iraqi authorities intimidated doctors there, and he was soon taken back to the camp after being given medicine, the group alleges. Rahimian died of cardiac arrest on Sunday.

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