Mottaki: Granting asylum by western governments to terrorists is giving facilities to terrorism
Manouchehr Mottaki was born in 1953 inGolestan province. Member of first Islamic Consultative Assembly.Former Iran’s ambassador to Turkey. Former General Directorate of Western Europe branch of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Former Iran’s ambassador to Japan. Former adviser to the Iranian foreign minister on international affairs for two years. Former Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Iran
In an interview with the Association for Defending Victims of Terrorism, Manouchehr Mottaki, former diplomat and Iranian foreign minister, responded to the questions about Netherlands responsibility in granting asylum to Hafte Tir bombing culprit. here is the full text of the interview:
what is your opinion in regard of granting asylum to a terrorist by Dutch government and the responsibility of this country towards the victims of the 28 June terrorist crime?
Association for Defending Victims of Terrorism in the past two decades has had very good effects and results and has revealed the true nature of those guising themselves behind pretexts such as human rights, democracy and the friendship with West to inflict disastrous damages on Iranian nation and martyred many of them. He continued, and I have witnessed the efforts of this Association toward the crimes of the Monafeqin organization[MKO] in Iran.❞ Americans act with expediency in regard to terrorism ❝
some years ago, the Americans, because of some interests and calculations and some terrorist attacks and assassinations perpetrated by that group, enlisted them as a terrorist group, but later and because of their other interests, removed them from that list.❞The Netherlands government has negative records in respecting human rights and international law ❝
unfortunately, the Netherlands has a negative history in terms of human rights, respect for the rights of nations and respect for international law.❞Netherlands was the first country to be convicted of giving chemical weapons to Saddam in his own courts ❝
the Netherlands was the first country to be convicted of giving chemical weapons to Saddam in his own courts, and that company that sold chemical weapons to Saddam, which led to the tragedy of Halabja and Sardasht [chemical attack], which many were martyred, was convicted for the first time in the courts of the Netherlands itself.
another Dutch government move was to shelter Iranian separatist terrorists. Some of the leaders of that group had separatist activities in Khuzestan and when they were arrested in Iran, very arrogantly, claimed that they are Dutch.the latest case in which the Netherlands government has and is never a shiny record is the issue of granting asylum to a terrorist whom perpetrated the Hafe-Tir terrorist attack. The attack that a nation has mourned for nearly forty years, and martyred the head of the judiciary and many ministers and members of Iranian parliament.❞Ali Motamed’s true identity had been known by the Dutch, German and other Western intelligence services ❝
, I was a member of the first Islamic Consultative Assembly at that time. The perpetrator was Mohammad Reza Kolahi. His identity was completely clear to the intelligence services of the Netherlands, Germany and the West countries, and in complicity with other governments, the Dutch government granted him asylum and provided him with facilities for three decades.❞Granting asylum by western governments to terrorists is giving facilities to terrorism ❝
, they were protecting him, and today in regard of survivors and families of victims of Hafte Tir terrorist attack, some of whom, as Mr. Kiavash, are here [Behest Zahra cemetery], and more than thirty years have suffered from the injuries of that attack, I think the countries that provided terrorists with facilities and asylum are responsible.
The courts of the Netherlands, as in the case of chemical weapons, should demonstrate their independence and pay attention to the lawsuit opened by the families of martyrs of the Hafte Tir terrorist bombing. And they are representatives of all Iranians.
, given the ongoing investigation about this man in the Netherlands, it is clear that he is affiliated with the Monafeqin organization [MKO], which is another shame for the West. And it means sheltering those who were perpetrators of that terrorist act.❞I call on the Association for Defending Victims of Terrorism to continue its efforts with determination, despite some problems ❝
, I sincerely express my thanks for the efforts of the Association for Defending Victims of Terrorism and I say to them that don’t be tired and I hope you will continue your efforts with determination, despite some problems.