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Murder at Mykonos: Anatomy of a Political Assassination

was breathing noisily. Dr. Sharafkandi was lying over Nouri, and Ardalan and Abdoli were in pools of blood on the other side of the table. Ghaffari was on the floor. He was alive.56

Sharafkandi, Ardalan, and Abdoli were all killed during the attack, and Dehkordi died shortly afterwards in the hospital. Using his Uzi, Banihashemi focused on the PDKI leaders and fired twenty-six shots to Abdoli, Ardalan, Sharafkandi, and Dehkordi. Ghaffari, who was standing to the left of Ardalan, was caught in the line of fire. Though Ghaffari was shot twice, once through his right leg and then again through his kidney, he survived the attack.57

Rhayel shot Ardalan once in the back of his head, and Sharafkandi twice in the head, and once in the neck. Altogether, Sharafkandi was struck by twelve bullets - in his head, neck, and abdomen. He received wounds to his lungs, liver, and kidneys.58 Rhayel’s final shots were unnecessary.59 Ardalan was shot four times in the chest. The subsequent forensic examination revealed that Ardalan might have survived but for the final shot to his head.60 Abdoli was hit by four rounds from the Uzi. One hit his heart, killing him instantly. Dehkordi was shot seven times. He was taken to the Steglitz Clinic, where he died at 12:25 AM on September 18, 1992, due to internal and external bleeding, as a result of a bullet that hit his chest and passed through his body.61

4.4. The Getaway

Once Rhayel had administered the final shots to Sharafkandi and Ardalan, the two assassins left the restaurant the way they had come in. Once outside, Rhayel and Banihashemi were joined by Amin and the three men ran to Prinzregentstraβe where two other accomplices, Mohammad and Farajollah Abu Haidar, were waiting with a getaway car.62

The five men drove off at a high speed, nearly hitting a cyclist. In the car, Amin took off the coat and shirt he had been wearing and put them in a bag. Amin then cleaned the pistol and put it in the sports bag containing the Uzi.63 Banihashemi and Rhayel left the getaway car at Bundesplatz U-bahn station.64

Amin and Mohammad exited the vehicle at Konstanzer straβe and went their separate ways.65 Amin, while walking towards the Konstanzer straβe U-bahn station, left the bag containing his discarded clothes on the sidewalk.66 Haidar abandoned the BMW on Cicerostraβe and left the sports bag containing the weapons hidden from view under a car in the same street.67

[56] Telephone interview with Mehdi Ebrahimzadeh, Eyewitness (Jan. 2, 2007).
[57] Mykonos Judgment, supra note 27, at 45-46; Indictment, supra note 34, at 31.
[58] Mykonos Judgment, supra note 27, at 46.
[59]Professor Schneider, Direktor des Institut für Rechtsmedizin der Freien Universität Berlin [Director of the Institute of Forensic Medicine, Free University of Berlin], Mykonos Judgment, supra note 27, at 321-323.
[60]Id. at 321.
[61]Final Report, supra note 37, at 7. See also Summary of Facts, supra note 42, at 9.
[62] Mykonos Judgment, supra note 27, at 46.
[63] Mykonos Judgment, supra note 27, at 46.
[64] Summary of Facts, supra note 42, at 9.
[65] Indictment, supra note 34, at 32.
[66] Mykonos Judgment, supra note 27, at 48.
[67] Indictment, supra note 34, at 32.

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