NEW YORK CITY — A naturalized U.S. citizen from Iran was a top official for a heavily armed, Iraq-based terrorist organization that seeks to overthrow the Iranian regime, federal prosecutors said in court documents obtained Monday.
The documents say two confidential informants in Iraq identified Zeinab Taleb-Jedi, 51, as a leader of the Mujahedin-e Khalq, or MEK. One informant told the FBI that Taleb-Jedi was on a council "responsible for making leadership decisions for the organization, including approving specific acts of terrorism" against Iran, the papers said.
Taleb-Jedi was arrested in March after flying from Jordan to John F. Kennedy International Airport. A judge agreed to release her on $500,000 bond, and court papers said she's been living at a women's shelter in Manhattan.