Rafsanjani involved in the murder of Dr.
Ghasemlou , says an Austrian MP
BY Rashid Haidari
Saturday, June 3, 2005
Austrian MP from The Green Party of that country said that he
had got evidence which confirmed that Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani,
the former president of the Islamic Republic of Iran and the current
candidate for the presidential election in that country, was among
those who ordered the murder of Dr Abdul-Rahman Ghasemlou in Austrian
capital, Vienna, 16 years ago.
Dr Ghasemlou , the then
Secretary General of the Kurdish Democratic Party of Iran, and two of
his comrades were invited to Vienna on July 12, 1989 by Tehran regime
to attend a meeting with its representatives with the intention of
finding a peaceful solution to the Kurdish question in that country.
The next day, at about 7:30
p.m. Police discovered Dr. Ghasemlou ’s bullet-riddled body seated in
an armchair. His two associates were sprawled dead on the floor.
Within hours, the Austrians had found the murder weapon, had one
suspect, Bozorgian, in custody and the second in a hospital, and knew
the identity of the third. In a few days, they had found enough
evidence to indict all three. According to Manuchehr Ganji, the leader
of the Flag of Freedom Organization and a survivor of numerous
attempts on his own life, “The Austrian authorities took the easy
route – they let all three culprits go back to Tehran.”
In his recent statements, the
Austrian MP Mr. Peter Pilz referred to an Iranian journalist as
the source of his information whom he had met with in
Versay three days earlier. Mr. Pilz declared
that the journalist was ready to attend a meeting with any of Austrian
authorities to present his argumentations. Mr. Pilz insisted that he
would do his best to open the case of Dr.
According to the news
agencies, the source of Mr. Peter Pilz’s information, mentioned as “D”
for safety’s sake, left Iran following his house had been
checked by Iranian security forces.
Mr. Pilz also said that he had
seen undistributed information from the police of his country on the
event of the murder of Dr. Ghasemlou that were from 16 years ago and
that he could compare his information with them in order to get the
The Austrian PM also believed
that except for
other candidates who have been approved by Guardian Council as
qualified to run for the upcoming presidential election had possibly
strong hand in the international assassinations. According to Peter Pilz,
these two people are Ahmadinezhad, the Tehran current mayor, and
Muhssen Rezaee, the late general commander of The Islamic
Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) or Pasdaran which was formed
following the Islamic Revolution of 1979 in an effort to consolidate
several paramilitary forces into a single force
loyal to the new regime and to function as a counter to the influence
and power of the regular military.
The Austrian PM’s
statements revealing the involvement of the former Iranian authorities
in the murder of Dr. Ghasemlou could be considered as a great turning
point on that case.
sixteen years have passed since Dr Ghasemlou was murdered. But,
as we all know, the judiciary system of Austria continues to ignore
finding those responsible for his assassination.
non-pursuit of Dr. Ghasemlou’s murderers only
further harms the reputation of the Austrian judicial system. What
pro-democracy individuals, human rights activists and defenders,
public opinion in general and the Kurdish people in particular are
expecting now is that Austria will conduct a full and fair
investigation of Dr. Ghasemlou’s murder
without any further postponements. The evidence got by Peter Pilz will
hopefully pave the way for such an investigation.
1. Radio Farda
2. Dialogue of Murder, by