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
The claims made by Austrian Green deputy Peter Pilz
on Thursday "will be examined by the police,"
Michael Spindelegger told national broadcaster ORF
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
Former KDPI Kurdish leader Dr.Abdul Rahman Qassemlou
(Qasimlo, Ghassemlou), assassinated in Vienna 1989.
Photo: KURDNET Archive