In a statement, Austrian MP Peter Pilz is questioning the Austrian government’s handling of Mohammed Jafari Sahraroodi’s case.
Pilz confirms that Austrian authorities and police were informed several days ago that Sahraroodi was in Europe and that there exists an international arrest warrant for Sahraroodi, issued by the Chief Prosecutor of Vienna.
Pilz underlines that police released Sahraroodi in 1989 because of pressure from the Austrian government of the time, and he asks what the current Austrian government is doing to bring Sahraroodi to justice.
Sahraroodi was able to freely travel around Europe for six days and none of the countries that hosted him and the Iranian parliamentary delegation acted on the international arrest warrant. He is now believed to be back in Iran.
Sahraroodi was a member of the Iranian delegation that was supposed to negotiate a peace treaty with the Democratic Party of Iranian Kurdistan (PDKI) and its leader at the time, Dr. Abdul Rahman Ghassmlou, in Vienna, Austria, in the summer of 1989. But the Iranian delegation opened fire on the Kurdish delegation and killed Dr. Ghassmlou and the PDKI’s representative in Europe Abdullah Ghaderi Azar as well as Fazil Rassoul, a Kurdish scholar. The Iranian delegation consisted of Mohammed Jafar Sahraroodi, Hadji Moustafawi and Amir Mansur Bozorgian.
On the 13th of July 1989, in the very room where the negotiation took place, Dr. Ghassemlou was killed by three bullets fired at very close range. Ghaderi Azar was hit by eleven bullets and Rassoul by five. Amir Mansur Bozorgian was arrested, whereas Hadji Moustafawi managed to escape the murder scene. Bozorgian was released after 24 hours in police custody due to pressure from the Austrian government. Thereafter, he took refuge in the Iranian Embassy and later left Austria on a diplomatic passport. Mohammad Jafar Sahraroodi was accidentally shot by his fellow terrorists and was taken to hospital. After being questioned, he too was released due to pressure from the Austrian government.