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Murder at Mykonos: Anatomy of a Political Assassination

Hezbollah during Israel’s occupation of southern Lebanon.200 He moved to Berlin and applied for asylum in 1990 and his family joined him later. They received temporary resident permits, but their asylum applications were denied and they were ordered to leave Germany by August 1991. He was arrested by the German authorities on December 10, 1992 and was held in custody until August 28, 1995.201

 

Farajollah Haidar (aka Abu Jafar, aka Faraj)

Farajollah Haidar drove the getaway car for the assassination team.202 He had been identified by the BfV as a key member of Hezbollah in Osnabruck.203 Haidar was born on January 1, 1965 in Lebanon. He abruptly left Germany with his family for Beirut on September 25, 1992, presumably to evade arrest. His family returned on October 22, 1992 and his wife told the authorities that he was still in Lebanon.204 Further investigation showed that he left Lebanon for Iran where his family later joined him.205

 

Mohammad

Mohammad, an Iranian national who has never been fully identified, acted as a spotter for the Mykonos team. On the night of the murders Mohammad was keeping watch on the restaurant. At about 9:00 p.m. he called the team’s operational base – at Senftenberger Ring 7 - to inform Banihashemi that all the targets had arrived at the restaurant and the operation could proceed as planned.206 Mohammad reportedly left Germany for Iran immediately after the assassination.207

Ali Dakhil Sabra

Ali Dakhil Sabra procured the BMW car used by the assassination team for the operation. He had served in Hezbollah alongside Amin and Rhayel and came with them to Germany where he applied for asylum. On October 20, 1992 he withdrew his asylum application and flew to Lebanon.208

[200]Indictment, supra note 34, at 14-15; Mykonos Judgment, supra note 27, at 265.
[201]Mykonos Judgment, supra note 27, at 11; Final Report, supra note 37, at 15.
[202]Final Report, supra note 37, at 12.
[203]Grünewald Memo, supra note 32, at 7.
[204]Final Report, supra note 37, at 13; Grünewald Memo, supra note 32, at 7.
[205]Mykonos Judgment, supra note 27,at 316.
[206]Final Report, supra note 37, at 14; Mykonos Judgment, supra note 27, at 42-43.
[207]Mykonos Judgment, supra note 27, at 48.
[208]Final Report, supra note 37, at 16; Mykonos Judgment, supra note 27, at 317.

 

 

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