Iran as­sas­sin

The Washington Times Weekly - - National -

An Ira­nian op­po­si­tion group has iden­ti­fied a se­nior mem­ber of the Ira­nian gov­ern­ment as linked to a 1989 as­sas­si­na­tion in Aus­tria.

Brig. Gen. Mo­hammed Ja­fari, deputy head of the Ira­nian Na­tional Se­cu­rity Coun­cil and a se­nior mem­ber of the Qods Force of the Is­lamic Rev­o­lu­tionar y Guards Corps, was part of the for­mal Ira­nian gov­ern­ment del­e­ga­tion that took part in the re­cent con­fer­ence on Iraq in Sharm el Sheik, Egypt.

The gen­eral also was the fo­cus of a ma­jor U.S. mil­i­tary op­er­a­tion to cap­ture him in Jan­uary in Ir­bil, Iraq. The raid net­ted five Ira­ni­ans linked to in­sur­gent sup­port, but Gen. Ja­fari es­caped the hunt and made it back to Iran, where he is deputy to Ali Lar­i­jani, the Ira­nian nu­clear ne­go­tia­tor.

Gen. Ja­fari was part of the Ira­nian as­sas­si­na­tion team that killed Ab­dol­rah­man Qasem­lou, leader of the Ira­nian-Kur­dis­tan Demo­cratic Party, on July 13, 1989, in a Vi­enna apart­ment. An ar­rest war­rant was is­sued, but Gen. Ja­fari was al­lowed by the Aus­trian gov­ern­ment to re­turn to Iran.

“By send­ing a no­to­ri­ous ter­ror­ist like Ja­fari to the most prom­i­nent in­ter­na­tional gath­er­ing like the meet­ing in Sharm el Sheik, the cler­i­cal regime clearly showed that for them ne­go­ti­a­tions and diplo­macy are only tools to fa­cil­i­tate their ter­ror­ist ob­jec­tives, ex­port of fun­da­men­tal­ism and ac­quir­ing nu­clear weapons,” said Shahin Gobadi, a mem­ber of the For­eign Af­fairs Com­mit­tee of Na­tional Coun­cil of Re­sis­tance of Iran, an Ira­nian op­po­si­tion group.

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