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 Iran prosecutor assassinated in tense Kurdish region

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Iran prosecutor assassinated in tense Kurdish region  19.1.2010 

January 19, 2010

Iranian Kurdistan,— Gunmen assassinated on Monday the prosecutor of a northwestern region of Iran where security forces have been battling Kurdish separatists for years, local media reported.

"Vali Haji-Gholizadeh was shot dead at his door step" in the town of Khoy, on the border with Turkey, Fars news agency said.

The agency said the attackers fled the scene and apparently left behind no traces, but added the slain prosecutor had been "threatened in the past few days."

"He had a brilliant record in battling counter-revolutionaries, land-grabbing and moral corruption," Fars reported.                        

Former Khoy Prosecutor Vali Haji-Gholizadeh. Photo: payvand com
Northwestern Iran (Eastern Kurdistan), which has a sizeable Kurdish population, has seen deadly fighting in recent years between Iranian security forces and members of the Iranian Party of Free Life of Kurdistan (PJAK) as well as other Kurdish rebels operating from bases in neighbouring Iraqi Kurdistan region (Southern Kurdistan).

PJAK is a member of the Kurdistan Democratic Confederation (Koma Civaken Kurdistan or KCK),
www.ekurd.netwhich is an alliance of outlawed Kurdish groups and divisions led by an elected Executive Council.

Led by Haji Ahmadi, the PJAK’s objective is to establish a semi-autonomous regional entities or Kurdish federal states in Iran, Turkey and Syria similar to the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) in Iraq.

Since 2004 the PJAK took up arms for self-rule in Kurdistan province northwestern of Iran (Iranian Kurdistan, Eastern Kurdistan). Half the members of PJAK are women. The PJAK has about 3,000 armed militiamen.

The United States on February 4, 2009 added the Iranian Kurdish PJAK militant group opposed to Iran to its list of terrorist organizations.

The group is closely allied with the Turkish Kurdish rebel group, the Turkey Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK).

Since 1984 PKK took up arms for self-rule in the mainly Kurdish southeast of Turkey (Turkey-Kurdistan) which has claimed around 45,000 lives of Turkish soldiers and Kurdish PKK guerrillas. The PKK is considered a 'terrorist' organization by Ankara, U.S., the PKK continues to be on the blacklist list in EU despite court ruling which overturned a decision to place the Kurdish rebel group PKK and its political wing on the European Union's terror list.

The PKK demanded Turkey's recognition of the Kurds' identity in its constitution and of their language as a native language along with Turkish in the country's Kurdish areas, the party also demanded an end to ethnic discrimination in Turkish laws and constitution against Kurds, ranting them full political freedoms.

Iraq, Iran, Syria and Turkey all have significant ethnic Kurdish minorities. Estimate to 12 million Kurds live in Iran.  

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