Sunday, July 13th, marked the 25th anniversary of the assassination of Abdul Rahman Ghassemlou, a prominent Kurdish politician who led the Kurdistan Democratic Party of Iran (KDP-I) from 1973 to 1989.
Ghassemlou was murdered in Vienna by the Iranian regime in 1989, according to Carol Prunhuber, a Venezuelan author who has documented the story of the Kurdish leader in a 357-page book titled "The Passion and Death of Rahman The Kurd."
Originally published in Spanish, the book is now available in both English and Kurdish, too.
Prunhuber's account is particularly compelling because of the close friendship the author used to have with the slain leader in Europe. In an exclusive interview, Rudaw talks to Prunhuber about her friendship with Ghassemlou, the letters she had corresponded with him, and finally the plot that resulted in his death.
How could Iran get away with the murder of such a prominent figure in the heart of Europe?