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Lawmaker Slams Germany for Obstructing PJAK Leader's Trial

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TEHRAN, August 2 (ICANA) – A senior Iranian lawmaker has strongly criticized the Berlin government for failing to hand over a terrorist leader based in Germany who is wanted by Iran for criminal acts.
Tuesday, August 02, 2011 8:22:19 PM
Lawmaker Slams Germany for Obstructing PJAK Leader's Trial

Speaking to ICANA Tuesday, member of the National Security and Foreign Policy Commission of the Majlis Mahmoud Ahmadi Bighash referred to the presence of certain terrorist leaders in some European countries and urged the Iranian Ministry of Foreign Affairs to follow up the case through international legal channels.

"Through diplomatic consultations with countries hosting these terrorists, the Iranian Ministry of Foreign Affairs should try to persuade them to hand over the terrorist ring leaders to Iran," Bighash said.

The MP accused these European countries of fostering counterrevolutionary terrorist currents and sheltering their leaders so they could use them at appropriate times.

He said war on terror was a global demand, adding however that experience shows that the West would not accept diplomatic negotiations on this issue. Therefore, he said, Iran should file a complaint with the International Court of Justice at The Hague.

The lawmaker said German officials are demanding valid documents and evidence for the trial of PJAK leader Rahman Haj Ahmadi. This, he said, comes under conditions that the crimes being committed by the terrorist PJAK group is not hidden to anyone.

PJAK is an offshoot of the internationally-recognized terrorist group, the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), which conducts deadly operations in western Iran, northern Iraq and southern Turkey.

In related news, a Kurdish lawmaker said the presence of PJAK terrorist group in northern Iraq is the root cause of “security problems in Iraq's semi-autonomous Kurdistan region.”

This terrorist group has caused security problems for Iraq's Kurdistan region, Ahmad Ibrahim, a member of the Kurdistan Parliament, told IRIB's Kurdish language radio on Sunday.

Ibrahim condemned the anti-Iran activities of the banned group and called on the Iraqi government and the authorities of Kurdistan region to take a “clear and serious” stance against groups that endanger the security on border areas.

“Iraqi authorities should not allow the members of the group to use the border areas of Iraq's Kurdistan region to attack Iran,” the lawmaker said.

Iran has recently deployed 5,000 military forces in the northwest of the country along its common border with the Iraqi Kurdistan region to fight counterrevolutionary groups.

Iran's Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) has engaged in clashes with PJAK members in the country's northwest, killing several members of the terrorist group.

The IRGC has taken control of the terrorist group's bases in the heights of the city of Sardasht, and operations continue to be carried out against PJAK positions in the border areas of Iraq's Kurdistan.

Meanwhile, in reaction to Iran’s military action against terrorist moves by PJAK, the Iraqi Parliament security and defense committee has called for establishment of a joint commission with Iran to settle the problem through diplomacy.

According to Iraqi newspaper Al-Sabah, in the last session of the Iraqi parliament, the security and defense committee compiled a report on the military operations carried out by the Islamic Revolution Guards corps against PJAK and reacted against Iran’s operations, the Fars news agency reported on Sunday.

The committee advised Iran to settle the conflict through diplomacy and respect the territorial integrity of Iraq.

The committee suggested that the commission comprise Iraq and Iran as well as the Iraqi Kurdistan Regional Government to estimate the losses incurred by both Iran and Iraqi Kurdistan and also settle the conflict.

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