The Iranian (Islamic Regime's) secret service was directly involved in the murder of Kurdish opposition
politicians from Iran and not contract killers, a German lawyer told a Berlin court Thursday.
A lawyer for the victims' families Hans-Joachim Ehrig said that, according to documents from the Federal Office for Protection of the Constitution (BfV), agents had been ordered by Tehran to carry out the gangland-style killings.
Three leaders of the Iranian Democratic Party of Kurdistan (DPK-I) and their translator were shot and killed in a hail of gunfire in a Berlin restaurant in September 1992. An Iranian and
four Lebanese are accused of carrying out the attack.
The killing had been ``carried out directly by agents of the Iranian secret service, we are therefore dealing with an act of state terrorism,'' Ehrig said.
In the trial the four accused have admitted in part to charges they were working for Iranian intelligence and that they were involved in the shooting.
Ehrig said that the German BfV counterespionage agency's documents show that a team from the Iranian Intelligence Ministry had been visiting Berlin at the time of the crime and were liaising with Berlin-based Iranian agents.
One member of the hit-squad was in contact with the Kurdish politicians. ``The traitor was actually sitting with them at the table,'' said Ehrig, adding that after the killing the assassins
were spirited back to Iran.
According to Ehrig one Iranian agent under the cover name of ``Sharif'' fired 24 bullets at the Kurds with an automatic pistol in the attack which also critically injured the owner of
the restaurant. The trial has been going on for over two years.
Tehran Clergies) denies any involvement and says that the killings were a result of Kurdish infighting.
Iranian link to bomb on Pan Am 103
Iranians blamed for Lockerbie bombing Lockerbie:
Monday June 5, 2000
Sensational evidence that Iran (clergy regime) planned and financed the 1988 Lockerbie bombing could cast a new shadow over the trial of two Libyans accused of the murder of 270 people.
According to a CBS news report last night, an Iranian defector, named as Ahmad Behbahani, who is said to have coordinated Iranian terrorist operations for a decade, has documents to prove his claims.
The CIA is debriefing Mr Behbahani, now in protective custody in Turkey, the CBS News TV programme 60 Minutes reported.
The two Libyans, Abdel Baset al-Megrahi and Al-Amin Khalifah Fhimah, are accused of planting the bomb on Pan Am 103, and are now being tried before Scottish judges at the former US air base of Camp Zeist in the Netherlands.
The two, described by the prosecution as members of the Libyan intelligence services, deny the charges, blaming two Syrian-based Palestinian factions, one with links to Iran.
Intriguingly, defence lawyers have also told the court they will seek to incriminate a crown witness, Parviz Taheri. Nothing is known about him, but his name is Iranian.
The explosion over Lockerbie in Scotland killed all 259 Pan Am passengers and crew and 11 people on the ground.
Suggestions that Iran was involved are not new. Early on it was assumed that the incident was in retaliation for the downing of an Iranian airliner over the Gulf in July 1988.
Iran, then still ruled by the revolutionary leader Ayatollah Khomeini, vowed that the skies would "rain blood" after the USS Vincennes shot down the Iran Air flight, killing 290 people.
(p>Tehran, (Ayatollah) master minding the holding of western hostages in Lebanon, was thought to have ordered the destruction of the Pan Am airliner with the help of the Syrian-backed Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine general Command.
It seemed equally plausible to assume that Libya might have wanted to avenge the US and British bombing of Libya in 1986, itself retaliation for an alleged Libyan terrorist attack on US servicemen in Berlin.
In November 1991, the two Libyans were indicted and handed over for trial last year. Hearings began at Camp Zeist last month and are scheduled to last for at least a year.
Scottish legal authorities have said that they will punish any contempt of court, though the absence of a jury means that the case is taking place in a legal no man's land.
Media reports have cast doubts over a Swiss witness who made the timer that triggered the bomb and a Libyan defector now living in the US who was said to have seen the accused loading the bomb on to a feeder flight in Malta.
Other theories have suggested that Palestinian terrorists infiltrated a US intelligence operation which used Pan Am Flight 103 to smuggle heroin, in a complex dirty-tricks, drugs-for-hostages deal.
According to an Iranian defector to Germany, Iran, with Libya and the Palestinian terrorist group led by Abu Nidal, plotted the crime.