Posted News: Fri, Jun 1st, 2018
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Documents show US warned Austria over assassinating Kurdish leader

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New document reveals that the US was aware of the assassination of Kurdish leader, Dr. AbdulRahman Ghassemlou

According to a report received by Kurdistan Press Agency (Kurdpa), a document from the US Department of Justice shows that the US was aware of the assassination of Dr. AbdulRahman Ghassemlou, the former Secretary General of the Democratic Party of Iranian Kurdistan (PDKI). The document further reveals that the US had called on the Austrian Authorities to bring the assassins to justice.

The document, written on August 22, 1989 by the head of the US department in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to the Austrian Government, the US called on the Austrian government to “pursue prompt, official and concrete action to identify and arrest and prosecute” those responsible for the murder.

The US also states that there is credible evidence that the “Iranian Government and the local Iranian Embassy were involved” in this “act of terrorism.” The suspects accordingly “held Iranian diplomatic passport,” and they took “refuge and protection of the local Iranian embassy.”

Shareef Hazhariy, a Kurdish University lecturer in Iraqi Kurdistan Region’s city of Sulimanya shared a copy of the document with Kurdpa and stated that he obtained the document from a Kurdih expert.

This university lecture writes that he received a copy of “this document, copied from the Austrian Foreign Ministry’s documentation on the Ghassemlou murder, in October 1997 from a European expert who works on the Kurdish issue.”

Hazhariy continued that the “United States was aware of the details of the assassination of Dr. Ghassemlou, and even knew who was behind the plot to assassinate him.”

Hazhariy added that because of Dr. Ghassemlou’s political position in the world, “the United States has taken action to confront the Iranian Government’s assassinations and called on the Austrian Authorities to end its business with the Iranian government.”

On July 13, 1989 Dr. Abdulrahman Ghassemlou, along with Abdullah Qadiri-Azer, and Dr. Fadhil Rasul, were assassinated by the Iranian diplomats during negotiation talks in Vienna, Austria.

Day Press, Austrians newspaper had earlier described the assassination of Ghassemlou, the former Secretary General of the Democratic Party of Iranian Kurdistan (PDKI) as one of the “darkest times in the history of Austria.”