From two channels, Iran’s former president, Abolhassan Banisadr has been informed that radicals within the Iranian regime have made plans to assassinate Professor Mehran Mostafavi, an expert in nuclear physics at Paris University. There are two main reasons for this decision. The first is to undermine President Rouhani’s attempt to end the nuclear crisis. The second is that, through Voice of America, he has been successfully challenging the regime’s rationale for building nuclear reactors enriching uranium and exposed the great damage which such policies have had on the Iranian economy. The arguments and information he has provided to Iranians within Iran have enabled them to question the logic and cost of the country’s nuclear plans, which have put the regime on the defensive.
According to the same information, Rouhani’s government is aware of the plan and trying to stop it. But the radicals, who have their own resources and structure for assassination, have ignored his attempt.
It is important to know that, in the past, the Iranian regime used to systematically assassinate its opponents in European countries -- nearly ninety overall. At the Mykonos trial in 1997, which followed the assassination of four Kurdish leaders in Germany and the arrest of the suspects, Banisadr provided information which proved that all the assassinations were taking place with the direct approval of Iranian leaders. As a result, the court issued an international arrest warrant for Iranian leaders including Hashemi Rafsanjani, then president, and Ali Khamenei, the supreme leader.
The political crisis which followed only subsided when the Iranian regime promised to stop assassinating its opponents in the west, which it did. If the radicals try to implement their plan, it would be the first attempt since the Mykonos trial.