FDI's Internet Web site will be back on line soon. In the meantime, here is the statement on the Mykonos trial. Foundation for Democracy in Iran. Action memorandum 032 - April 10, 1997 Mykonos verdict confirms Tehran's Terror The courageous verdict handed down today by a Berlin court against the assassins of Iranian Kurdish dissident leader Sadegh Sharafkindi and three colleagues in September 1992 has provided striking new confirmation of the Islamic Republic's use of terrorism as a tool of state policy, and should convince Europe to abandon its policy of so-called "critical" dialogue with Tehran. It should also convince oil companies and their surrogates in the United States and elsewhere that the Islamic Republic government is unfit for normal commerce. Big-name lobbyists, working on behalf of the oil companies and the Tehran regime, have attempted to paint the regime in a favorable light over the past few months, in an effort to get U.S. sanctions against Iran lifted so they can build lucrative pipelines for Caspian Sea oil. Despite the outstanding reputation of some of those involved, their behavior suggests they become little more than paid mercenaries doing the handiwork of a terrorist regime. The sentence: After a three-year trial, the Berlin court gave life sentences without parole to Kazem Darabi, an Iranian national identified by the court as an Iranian government intelligence agent, and the Lebanese trigger man, Abbas Rhayel. Prison terms of 5 to 11 years were given to two other members of the hit team as well. But the most important conclusions of the court were contained in the sentencing memorandum read out by the judge. In it, the court said that evidence presented during the trial had proven beyond any reasonable doubt that the murder had been ordered by a high-level "Committee for Special Operations" of the Iranian government leadership, comprised of the President, the Supreme Leader, the Foreign Minister, and the Minister of Information and Security. The memorandum identified the Minister of Information and Security, Ali Fallahian, as the person who had supervised the logistics of the operation. Indeed, the case will stay open since the court has issued an international arrest warrant against Fallahian which remains in force. The Foundation for Democracy in Iran applauds the decision by the 15-member states of the European Union, announced today, to withdraw their ambassadors from Tehran as a sign of disapproval. But Europe can do more. Europe should cease to provide preferential bank loans and export credit guarantees to the regime. Europe should halt trade by large industrial concerns which continue to supply the Islamic Republic's arms factories and oil fields with critical parts and technology. Europe has a duty to dismantle Iranian government terrorist networks operating on European soil under diplomatic cover and in so-called "Islamic" study centers and commercial organizations. Has the fact that "only" Iranians have been the victims of Tehran's terror made Europe loath to do so until now? The Foundation calls on Europe and the United States to join together in encouraging the democratic opposition in Iran to forge an alternative to the current regime in Tehran. A strong, free, and democratic Iran is the best guarantor against terrorism. The Foundation for Democracy in Iran is a private, non-profit corporation registered in the State of Maryland. Contact: Kenneth R. Timmerman, Executive Director. Tel: (301) 946-2918. Fax: (301) 942-5341. FDI materials, including the FDI Newswire, are available free-of-charge via the Internet at http://www.iran.org