On September 17th 1992 four members of the Democratic Kurdish-Iranian Party were shot to death in a Greek restaurant ‘Mykonos’ in Berlin. Dr. Sadegh Sharafkandi, Fattah Abdoli, Homayoun Ardakan and Nouri Dehkordi who were in Berlin for a conference of the Socialist International were brutally killed on bright daylight.
The murders were traced back to the VEVAK, the Iranian secret service, which was even linked to Rafsanjani, Velayati, Fallahian and Ayatollah Khamenei. Due to these political murders, the diplomatic relations between Germany and the Islamic Republic Iran deteriorated.
The hit men were sentenced to life long imprisonment. In Germany a life sentence is a maximum of 23 years. According to article 456a of German Criminal Law, detainees can be released after 15 years to spend the rest of their sentence in their own home country.
Besides the fact that the chance is very small that these hit men would actually be sent to prison when returned back to Iran, they are being released 5 years too early! They are being released after only 10 years of imprisonment, this week!
It seems that Germany has made a deal with Iran in order to ‘swop’ these two hit men for the German detainee in Iran, Donald Klein. Klein, a fisherman who was detained after being caught fishing in Iran’s territorial waters, has already spent 1,5 years in prison in Iran.
This ‘diplomatic transition’ is not only an insult to human rights, it also shows very little respect and justice for the relatives of the victims. The victims of the ‘Mykonos murders’ died in their struggle for basic human rights and they paid for it with their lives!
Now Germany and Iran seemingly are trying to improve their diplomatic relations by swopping detainees. This occurrence reminds us that in politics it’s all about interests, meaning making sure you are guaranteed of your current and future existence. It’s a very basic need and usually results into cruel unethical conduct.
It seems that whatever happens alongside the objective of obtaining one’s own interest has no relevancy or meaning. It’s sad that on the fortnight of the international day of human rights (December 10th) the value of humanity has been degraded in such a vulgar and unethical way.
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