03.01.2015 for BasNews
The well-known terrorist Mohammad Jafari Sahraroudi accompanied Iranian regime’s official parliamentary delegation to Iraqi Kurdistan. He was responsible for the assassination of the renowned Iranian Kurdish leader and General Secretary of Democratic Party of Iranian Kurdistan Dr. Abdul Rahman Ghassemlou along with two of his aides.
The delegation landed in Sulaymaniyah Airport where they were greeted by top Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) leadership. They later met PUK ailing leader Jalal Talabani.
The delegation also met top Iraqi Kurdistan Regional leaders including, the President, Masoud Barzani, the Prime Minister, Necherivan Barzani, the Parliament Speaker Yousef Mohamad Sadegh and a number of other ministers including Peshmarga Minister, Mustafa Sayed Qader from Gorran Party.
Sahraroudi is currently the chief of staff and advisor to Ali Larijani, head of the Iranian Majlis (Iran’s Islamic Parliament). He also accompanied a Majlis delegation last year to the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) in Geneva despite an international arrest warrant issued by the Austrian police on December 22, 1989, long after he and his men left the country following the assassination of Iranian Kurdish delegation on July 23, 1989.
Sahraroudi was a member of the Iranian delegation that was supposed to negotiate with the Democratic Party of Iranian Kurdistan (PDKI) and its leader at the time, Dr. Abdul Rahman Ghassemlou, in Vienna, Austria in the summer of 1989. But the Iranian delegation opened fire on the Kurdish delegation and killed Dr. Ghassemlou and the PDKI’s representative in Europe Abdullah Ghaderi Azar and Fazil Rassoul, an Iraqi Kurd and the intermediary. The Iranian delegation consisted of Mohammed Jafar Sahraroudi, Hadji Moustafavi and Amir Mansur Bozorgian.
On 13the 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. Hadji Moustafawi escaped the scene but Amir Mansur Bozorgian was arrested, but was released after 24 hours in police custody due to pressure from the Austrian government. He took refuge in the Iranian Embassy and later left Austria on a diplomatic passport. Mohammad Jafar Sahraroudi was accidentally shot by his fellow terrorists and was taken to hospital. After being questioned he was also released due to pressure from the Austrian government.
In his letter to Mohammad Nourizad, a former Keyhan newspaper insider and confidant of the Supreme Leader, a defected IRGC commander tells the story of a man who now works as the current Speaker of Majlis who was apparently shot by Dr. Ghassemlou: “My brother Nourizad, let’s assume that one day you pass by the Brigder General Dr. Ali Larijani – the speaker of Majlis – make sure to have a good look at his chief of staff’s neck. There is a scar of wound. It was left by Dr. Ghassemlou, the leader of Iranian Kurdish Democratic Party a few seconds prior to his death. I will tell you the story.” The full letter of the IRGC commander is available at Mr. Nourizad’s website detailing the assassination and Sahraroudi’s role in it.
Sahraroudi is also the former Commander of Revolutionary Guards’ Ramazan Brigade in Kermanshah in charge of missions inside Iraq. He was also Iran’s deputy head of National Security Council and one of the Commanders of the Quds force and responsible for terrorism and assassinations in Iraq.
Sahraroudi was an expert in spreading terrorism inside and throughout Iraq. He was one of regime’s main operatives responsible for criminal activities in Iraq. He was the target of an American attack on an Iranian regime’s liaison office in Erbil on January 11, 2007.
A Washington Post article on January 12th, 2007 described the raid in detail; “Yesterday’s raids were both in Irbil, a Kurdish city in northern Iraq. One was carried out at 3 a.m. on the Iranian Liaison Office, which is used by the Iranian Revolutionary Guards as a local headquarters, U.S. officials said. Kurdish officials said U.S. troops came in helicopters. They disarmed the security guards, broke through the gate, entered the building and detained six men, Iranian officials told the Iranian news agency. One was later released. ” However, two high level targets, General Manouchehr Forousandeh, head of Revolutionary Guards Corps Information and Security, and Mohammad Jafari, Deputy Secretary of the Supreme National Security Council escaped, apparently with help from Iraqi Kurdish leaders whom they had met earlier.
Mohammad Jafari Sahraroudi’s attendance in Sharm El-Sheikh conference as part of the Iranian delegation was to rub it in the face of the Americans and Europeans, especially when he was the target of the attack in Erbil. Someone who was sought after by American forces as well as the Europeans now comes and sits across from the US Secretary of State and foreign ministers of dozen other countries.
Now, by including a wanted international terrorist in this delegation, the Iranian regime attempts to defy international rules and orders once more. But most importantly, it aims to add insult to the injury of Iranian Kurds, whom they blame for the loss of their leader. It is especially very painful for Iranian Kurds to witness the killer of their leader being so warmly greeted by their fellow Kurds in Iraq.
Objecting to normal diplomatic relations between Iraqi Kurdistan Region and Iran would be a tough sell, especially given Iranian Kurds little leverage vis-à-vis the Iraqi Kurds; however, the Iraqi Kurdish official should have taken into consideration the sensitivity of this culprit’s visit to fellow Kurds and objected to his inclusion in the delegation. After all, it was only Nawshirwan Mustafa, the leader of newly formed Gorran Party and a splinter of PUK who refused to meet the Iranian delegation knowing that the killer of Ghassemlou was among them.
When the Islamic state in Iran can deny entry visa to diplomats it deems threat to its national security and interest, the KRG officials could have kindly asked the visiting delegation to remove this wanted terrorist of their guest list, or simply asked him to remain off the spotlight. By doing so, the hosting Iraqi Kurdish leaders, especially the Kurdistan Democratic Party’s top brass who control the premiership and the presidency would have upheld their prestige as the advocate of all Kurds in all parts of Kurdistan, and proved themselves as an ally against terrorism.