Monday, July 04, 2005

New accusations against the Iranian president-elect Mahmoud Admadinejad have emerged

New accusations against the Iranian president-elect Mahmoud Admadinejad have emerged with the Czech daily, Pravo, claiming that the ultra-conservative former Tehran mayor was a former "high commander of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards in the west of the country" and was in charge of the "supervision of its operations outside of the country," and in that capacity, masterminded a 1989 attack in Vienna in which three Kurdish leaders were killed. The accusation was made by Hossein Yazdanpanah, a member of the Iranian Kurdish opposition who is now a resident in Iraq.

Yazdanpanah made his declaration to the Czech newspaper because one of the men killed in Vienna, the Kurdish leader Abdul Rahman Ghassemlou lived for a long time in the then capital of Czechoslovakia, where he taught at the university's economics faculty.

The 58-year-old Ghassemlou was the secretary general of the Democratic Party of Iranian Kurdistan (PDKI), when he was killed after being summoned to Vienna on the invitation of the Iranian authorities. After the murders, the three killers were allowed to easily leave the country.

According to Yazdanpanah who was quoted in the daily, Ahmadinejad had a personal role to play in Vienna before the operation: ''His job was to deliver the weapons to the Iranian embassy to the commander of the killers."

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