Iran urges Germany to hand over PJAK detained leader: speaker

10:17, March 09, 2010      

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Iran's Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani Monday urged Germany to hand over the captured leader of the outlawed Party of Free Life of Kurdistan (PJAK), the semi- official ISNA news agency reported.

German security forces arrested the ringleader, Abdul Rahman Haji Ahmadi, and two senior members of PJAK in Germany, the local Fars news agency reported on Sunday.

"He (Haji Ahmadi) must be handed over to Iran to be tried," Larijani was quoted as saying by ISNA.

"The diplomatic efforts are underway and it (the delivery of Haji Ahmadi to Iran) should be done," Larijani added.

Iran was recently negotiating with Germany to arrest Haji Ahmadi as he had committed a lot of crimes in Iran and was residing there, he said, adding that the German officials said that they were following the issue.

Iran's western provinces have been the hotbed of regular armed clashes between Iranian security forces and Kurdish militant parties, in particular separatist PJAK, an anti-Iranian Iraqi- based Kurdish group linked to Turkey's outlawed Kurdish Workers' Party (PKK).

Source: Xinhua
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