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Austrian police to probe Ahmadinejad link to 1989 Kurdish killing  20.6.2009





June 20, 2009

VIENNA, Austria, Austrian police will probe allegations linking Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to the 1989 murder of a Kurdish opposition leader in Vienna, the foreign minister has said.

The claims made by Austrian Green deputy Peter Pilz on Thursday "will be examined by the police," Michael Spindelegger told national broadcaster ORF late Friday.

It was necessary to check "if there is anything to it (the accusation), before we take any foreign policy action," he added.

Pilz on Thursday presented to the media a testimony by a German arms dealer who claimed to have delivered weapons to Ahmadinejad in July 1989,
www.ekurd.net shortly before Abdul Rahman Ghassemlou's assassination.

Ghassemlou, the leader of the Democratic Party of Kurdistan -- an Iranian opposition party outlawed by Tehran -- was killed on July 13, 1989 by commandos who were never apprehended.

In his statement, made to Italian anti-mafia authorities in April 2006 while he was serving a sentence for arms trafficking in Trieste, Italy, the German said he delivered half a dozen light weapons at a meeting at the Iranian embassy in Vienna.

At this meeting were three Iranians, including "a certain Mohamed, who later became president of the Republic of Iran," he said,
www.ekurd.net according to a copy of the translated testimony presented by Pilz.                        

Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Austrian police will probe allegations linking Ahmadinejad to the 1989 murder of a Kurdish opposition leader in Vienna.


Former KDPI Kurdish leader Dr.Abdul Rahman Qassemlou (Qasimlo, Ghassemlou), assassinated in Vienna 1989. Photo: KURDNET Archive

Iran has always denied any involvement in the killings.

Copyright, respective author or news agency, AFP

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