German Government Authorizes Arrest for Iran Minister on Anti-terrorism

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Monday, April 1, 1996
Author: 
Bruce Zagaris
Volume: 
12
Issue: 
4
161
Abstract: 
On March 15, 1996, the German public prosecutor issued a warrant for the arrest of Mr. Ali Fallahiyan, the Iranian minister suspected of ordering the 1992 bombing of a Berlin restaurant that killed four Iranian Kurdish dissidents. The case is unusual in that governments normally defer to ministers of a sovereign government. The German Government, until now, has distanced itself from the U.S. pressure to isolate and punish Iran for alleged terrorist activities. The reaction of the Iran Government to the issuance of the warrant and the steadfast position of the German Government indicates that the controversy will not be easily resolved...(more)