دوشنبه ۱۵ آذر ۱۳۹۵ تهران ۰۲:۰۴ - ۵ دسامبر ۲۰۱۶
On the 15th anniversary of the Vienna assassination of Abdul-Rahman Qasemlou, secretary-general of the Iranian Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP), his Berlin-based associate Parviz Dastmalchi blames Austrian government’s non-pursuit of his assassins for a similar assassination in Berlin in which Qasemlou’s successor was killed along with two colleagues. July 13, 2004 - Abdul Rahman Qassemlou, secretary-general of the Iranian Kurdistan Democratic Party was gunned down 15 years ago today along with two of his aides in hotel in Vienna, Austria, as he conducted a secret negotiations with the officials of Islamic Republic government.
The killers, identified by the Austrian police as officers of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps, were able to make it into the Iranian embassy in Austria and were able to easily leave the country.
“It might have been possible that years later, assassinations of Sadegh Sharafkindi and others in Europe wouldn’t have occurred if those responsible for this tragedy were brought to justice like the perpetrators of the (Berlin restaurant) Mykonos (attack),” Parviz Dastmalchi, a Berlin-based writer and anti-regime activist, who survived the Mykonos attack on Kurdish opposition leaders, tells Radio Farda’s Cologne correspondent Shahram Mirian.
In 1992, an Iranian and four Lebanese gunned down four Iranian Kurdish dissidents, including KDP’s secretary-general Sadeq Sharfkandi. A court in Berlin later ruled that the Supreme Leader, former president Hashemi Rafsanjani and interior minister Ali Falahian, had authorized the attack.