Mullahs' regime admits to smuggling 320-mm "super guns" into Europe

In the course of the aggravating power struggle between rival factions in the clerical regime, Akbar Ganji, a former Revolutionary Guards commander and an intelligence official, wrote in a government-sponsored newspaper: "In the eight years of Mr. Hashemi Rafsanjani's presidency, some 80 individuals were murdered for political reasons by sinister (Intelligence Ministry) circles." He added: "Saeed Emami (the then Deputy Intelligence Minister for security) carried out hundreds of successful operations outside the country during this period." (Sobh-e Emrouz daily, Jan. 19, 2000)

Ganji cited the case of the smuggling of 320 mm "super guns" to other countries and, addressing Rafsanjani, asked: "Was it not the case the sending missiles to Belgium, where the Belgian police discovered them hidden in a cargo ship carrying pickled cucumbers, jeopardized our national security?"

Rafsanjani himself acknowledged in an interview with the daily Hamshahri that during his presidency, "they (the Intelligence Ministry) had shipped missiles to a foreign country and they were discovered." (Hamshahri, Jan. 10, 2000)

Belgian police discovered on March 14, 1996, a 320-mm "super gun" together with its ammunition on board an Iranian cargo ship "Iran-Kolahduz" which was sailing from Bandar Abbas in Iran to Hamburg, Germany. The weapon was concealed in a consignment of pickled cucumbers. The Sunday Times reported in June 1996 that "Western intelligence sources" believed the super gun was to be used in an attack on the residence of Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran, at Auvers-sur-Oise, north of Paris.

The admission of the mullahs' highest-ranking officials to the planning and execution of such crimes and terrorist operations outside Iran makes it doubly important for the international community to take coordinated steps to counter the policies of the ruling religious, terrorist dictatorship in Iran and impose economic and diplomatic sanctions on this regime.

Secretariat of the National Council of Resistance of Iran
January 21, 2000

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