Mykonos restaurant assassinations

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Event.png Mykonos restaurant assassinations (assassination) Rdf-entity.pngRdf-icon.png
Mykonos restaurant plaque.jpg
The names of the four victims on a commemorative plaque
Date17 September 1992
LocationBerlin,  Germany
Blamed onIran
Description1992 Assassination of Iranian-Kurdish leaders in Berlin. Presumably Iran did it, but a curious warning from Swedish Prime Minister Carl Bildt hints that there may be more to the incident.

In the Mykonos restaurant assassinations (also the "Mykonos Incident"), Iranian-Kurdish opposition leaders Sadegh Sharafkandi, Fattah Abdoli, Homayoun Ardalan and their translator Nouri Dehkordi, were assassinated at the Mykonos Greek restaurant in Berlin, Germany on 17 September 1992. The assassination took place during the KDPI insurgency (1989–96), as part of the general Kurdish separatism in Iran.

The assassins were believed by German courts to have links to Iranian intelligence. On the other hand, the curious warning from Swedish Prime Minister Carl Bildt indicating possible deep state foreknowledge hints at other possibilities.


Sharafkandi, Abdoli, Ardalan and Dehkordi were murdered in a mafia-style attack at the Mykonos Greek restaurant located on Prager Strasse in Berlin at about 11 pm on 17 September 1992.[1][2] Three victims died instantly, while the fourth died at a hospital.[2]

Swedish Prime Minister warning

In the same restaurant a meeting was scheduled of Ingvar Carlsson, a two-term Prime Minister of Sweden and leader of the Swedish Social Democratic Party, Mona Sahlin, the secretary of the Swedish Social Democratic Party and Pierre Schori, the former Swedish State Secretary for Foreign Affairs.[3] Due to a telephone call to Ingvar Carlsson from Carl Bildt, the then-current Prime Minister of Sweden, who urged Carlsson to immediately return to Sweden due to the alleged urgent state of the Swedish economy, all three flew back to Sweden the same day and thus probably escaped being assassinated as well.[3]


The trial began in October 1993.[1] In the trial the German court found Kazem Darabi, an Iranian who worked as a grocer in Berlin, Abdolraham Banihashemi, an Iranian intelligence officer, and Lebanese Abbas Hossein Rhayel, guilty of murder and sentenced them to life in prison. Two other Lebanese, Youssef Amin and Mohamed Atris, were convicted of being accessories to murder. A dissident ex-President of Iran Abolhassan Banisadr, who fled the country in 1981 after being impeached and has not returned since, testified as a witness during the trial and told the court that the killings had been personally ordered by Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and then-president Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani.[1] There was also a getaway driver named Farajollah Haider (also known as Abu Ja'far).

Iranian officials, however, categorically denied their involvement in the incident. The then-speaker of the Iranian Parliament Ali Akbar Nategh-Nouri dismissed the ruling as being political, untrue and unsubstantiated.

In its 10 April 1997 ruling, the court issued an international arrest warrant for Iranian intelligence minister Ali Fallahian[4] after declaring that the assassination had been ordered by him with knowledge of Khamenei and Rafsanjani.[5] This led to a diplomatic crisis between the government of Iran and those of several European countries lasting until November 1997.[6] Despite international and domestic protests, Darabi and Rhayel were released from prison on 10 December 2007 and deported back to their home countries.[7][8]


The Official Culprit

IranIran possesses the 4th largest oil reserves of any nation state.


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