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Iranian citizen released from German prison, arrives in Tehran

Tehran, Dec 11, IRNA - Iranian citizen, Kazem Darabi, who was in a German prison for 15 years for alleged involvement in the Mykonos Affair, was released on Monday and arrived here early Tuesday morning.

Darabi was sentenced to life imprisonment by a German court but was released on Monday after serving 15 years in jail.

Upon his arrival at the Imam Khomeini International Airport in southern Tehran, Darabi was welcomed by deputy foreign minister for Europe and America as well as members of his family and relatives.

He appreciated Iranian officials for the efforts they had made leading to his release.

Darabi was arrested as an informed person who was present at the Mykonos Restaurant in Berlin where three leaders of Iranian Kurdish Democratic Party (KDP) were shot dead by gunmen in 1992.

"The court verdict indicates that I am not guilty," Darabi told reporters upon his arrival.

"It was clearly written on page 197 of the 400-page verdict that it was not finally proved that Kazem Darabi has organized the affair," Darabi said.

Darabi and three other Lebanese nationals were arrested after the Mykonos shooting only because they were present at the site of the incident and allegedly informed about the terrorist act.

Noting that he was also accused of being a member of Iran's Information Ministry, Darabi stressed, "At the time of my arrest I had no organizational position and was only a member of the Muslim Students Association in Europe."

He added that his relations with some "Turkish, Arab and Lebanese" students was another cause of his arrest.

"Other positions attributed to me during my hearings and in the court verdict were completely fabricated," Darabi, 48, added.

He said all those who had claimed he was a member of Iran's Information Ministry, refused to appear in the court and testify against him.

"They (German officials) told me that they had been informed by members of the British intelligence service that I was a member of Iran's Information Ministry. But none of those Britons accepted to appear in the court and testify in this connection," Darabi said.

Asked why he speaks with Arabic accent despite being Iranian, Darabi who is married to a Lebanese wife, said, "I am from the southern city of Kazeroun and an Iranian by birth, however, as I always kept talking to my wife in Arabic and I was not living in Iran for a long time, maybe these have changed my accent."

Darabi added that in order to remove all ambiguities about the Mykonos Affair, he decided to write a book in this connection which "will hit the stands by the end of 2008."

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