At 10:50 p.m., September 17, 1992, two assassins walked in the Mykonos Restaurant in west Berlin and opened fire with machineguns on the KDPI delegation members who were having a discussion in the restaurant illing Dr. Sadegh Sharafkandi, the party Secretary General; Homayoun Ardalan, KDPI representative in Germany; Fattah Abdali, KDPI representative in Europe and Noori Dehkordi, the party’s translator. They were in Germany to attend the International Assembly of the Socialist and Social Democratic Parties.
After opening fire and murdering callously, the assassins disappeared. A week later, five men were arrested. Successive sessions of detailed questioning and interrogations, finally led to the buildup of information, which in turn gave the German Judiciary a full picture of the processes involving the planning and execution of the assassinations.
The trial started on October 28, 1993 -- a year after the assassination -- and lasted for three and a half years. The Berlin Supreme Criminal Court passed its verdict on April 10, 1997 on the assassination case, which captured extensive attention and was universally referred to as the “Mykonos Trial”. For the first time, it was ruled that the case involved “state terrorism” and the Iranian government leaders were announced responsible for the assassinations. Most specifically, an international arrest warrant was issued for the MOIS Minister Ali Fallahian.
The German court verdict stated that the Islamic Republic’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, President Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Velayati and the Intelligence Minister Ali Fallahian had formed the committee responsible for issuing the assassination order.