Cablegate: Austrian Parliamentarian Demands Charges Against

This record is a partial extract of the original cable. The full text of the original cable is not available.





E.O. 12958: N/A

This cable is Sensitive but Unclassified. Please handle

1. (U) A Greens parliamentarian has asked the Austrian state
prosecutor's office to open a criminal case against Iranian
President-elect Mahmoud Ahmedinejad for involvement in the
1989 murders of three Kurdish leaders in Vienna. Pilz claims
to have received information from a person he has identified
as "Witness D," a former Teheran journalist who had an
"insider's knowledge" of the planning and outcome of the
murder plot.

2. (U) On July 13, 1989, three men were shot and killed:
Abdul Rahman Ghassemlou, General Secretary of the Democratic
Party of Kurdistan/Iran; his deputy, Abdullah Ghaderi-Azar;
and Fadel Rasoul. The suspected murderers took refuge in the
Iranian Embassy in Vienna, and later were able to return to
Iran in the absence of hard evidence. "Witness D" claims
that it was Mahmoud Ahmedinejad who delivered the murder
weapon from the Iranian Embassy in Vienna to the trigger men.
"Witness D" further claims that Ahmedinejad was at the scene
of the crime, armed with an automatic weapon in order to gun
down the victims if they tried to escape. In the event,
however, he never had to fire his weapon.

3. (U) "Witness D" is now in France, Pilz says, and does not
want to leave. However, he is "at the disposal" of Austrian
authorities, Pilz says.

4. (U) Pilz has provided information to the prosecutor in
his capacity as a private citizen, not in a parliamentary
capacity. The prosecutor can choose whether or not to
proceed with the case. Pilz has told the press that Austrian
authorities have opened an investigation, and his office has
said the same to us privately. However, neither the Interior
Ministry, the Justice Ministry nor the Foreign Ministry has
been able to confirm to us that this is the case.

5. (U) The Austrian press has reported Ahmedinejad's denial
of complicity in the 1989 Vienna murders, as well as in the
1979 Embassy Tehran hostage taking.

© Scoop Media

World Headlines


Covid: 250 Groups Urge WTO Chief To Ditch Pharma-Friendly Approach And Embrace Vaccine Patent Waiver

by Jake Johnson, staff writer An international coalition of 250 civil society groups on Tuesday urged the head of the World Trade Organization to embrace a temporary suspension of coronavirus vaccine-related patents, warning against pursuit of a voluntary ... More>>

Samoa’s Stunning Election Result: On The Verge Of A New Ruling Party For The First Time In 40 Years

Tamasailau Suaalii Sauni , University of Auckland and Patricia A. O'Brien , Georgetown University Samoan politics is on a knife edge. After the country voted in general elections on April 9, counting so far has resulted in a dead heat between the two ... More>>

Timor-Leste: UN Agencies Support Response In Wake Of Deadly Floods

United Nations agencies in Timor-Leste are supporting response efforts, as floods and landslides left widespread damage across the country, including in the capital, Dili. According to media reports, at least 21 people died in the country and many ... More>>

Focus On: UN SDGs

Awake At Night: S3-Episode 21: There Is Hope

Brazzaville visit to CSI Pilote du Diabete with Health workers at a local government clinic. 2018 - Photo: ©CSI/Dr. Soumya Swaminathan 'When it comes to a pandemic, it really needs global collaboration and solidarity because the pathogens and viruses More>>

UN: Growing Calls For Revamping Development Financing To Ensure Sustainable Global Recovery From COVID-19 Pandemic

Forum to highlight new initiatives to tackle inequalities exacerbated by pandemic With many economies reeling as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, and as inequalities continue to widen, world leaders will discuss options to unlock concrete investments ... More>>

How Can We Vaccinate The World? Five Challenges Facing The UN-Backed COVAX Programme

The aim of the UN-backed COVAX scheme is to get two billion vaccine doses into the arms of around a quarter of the population of poorer countries by the end of 2021. What are the main challenges that need to be overcome, if this historic global effort ... More>>