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Iran demands Germany arrests rebel leader

The Local · 24 Jul 2011, 08:55

Published: 24 Jul 2011 08:55 GMT+02:00

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Haji Ahmadi's rebels at the Party of Free Life of Kurdistan (PJAK) operate out of bases in neighbouring Iraq's autonomous Kurdish region, and have been involved in deadly clashes with Iranian troops for many years.

"The German government should put on trial Rahman Haji Ahmadi, the leader of the terrorist group who lives in Germany," Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi said in a phone conversation with his German counterpart Guido Westerwelle, IRNA said.

Earlier on Saturday, the foreign ministry summoned German charge d'affaires Bettina Cadenbach to protest at Haji Ahmadi being allowed to live in Germany in what it called "encouragement for the terrorists to continue their crimes," ISNA news agency reported.

Iran launched a major offensive on Saturday against PJAK bases, leaving at least eight members of Iran's elite Revolutionary Guards, including a senior officer, dead in clashes with the Kurdish rebels on the border with Iraq.

PJAK has said two of its fighters were killed and four wounded. The autonomous regional government in Iraqi Kurdistan has demanded that Iran respect the border after a Guards commander said Iranian forces had taken "full control" of three PJAK camps inside Iraq.

In Tehran, the commander of the Revolutionary Guards ground forces, Brigadier General Mohammad Pakpour, demanded Baghdad and the Kurdish regional authorities prevent the rebels from attacking Iran from Iraqi territory.

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Iranian forces have repeatedly shelled border districts of Iraq's Kurdish region, targeting PJAK bases.


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Your comments about this article

10:54 July 24, 2011 by wood artist
I could be wrong, but given the way they tend to act I'd be surprised if Iran's going to get a lot of help on much of anything from anybody these days. Just sayin'.

11:05 July 24, 2011 by ECSNatale
Where exactly can I sign up to laugh in their faces?

This is the true definition of Irany. =o)
13:19 July 24, 2011 by Asgarli
Sorry Iran, Germany will give him a permanent residence, free housing and medical insurance, and all kinds of social care, but not put him on trial or deport him :)
13:44 July 24, 2011 by TheCrownPrince
Rahman Haji Ahmadi will be put on trial if the prosecutor's office comes to the conclusion that Ahmadi has broken german criminal law in Germany or in some valid connection with Germany or german citizens, but certainly not because Iran "demands" it.
13:58 July 24, 2011 by Perser=Anti-arabism
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17:40 July 24, 2011 by DOZ
Better do as they say, or they might throw stones at you.
04:41 July 25, 2011 by wenddiver
Wow, the Worlds biggest terrorist state wants terrorism stomped out???? What do they sugest, that webomb Iran????

I say we support the Kurds in every way we can.
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