(Persia Digest) - The book "Coffee House Painting" is the memoirs of Kazem Darabi who describes his arrest and trial in the Mykonos restaurant incident in Germany.
The compilation of the book has taken eleven years by Mohsen Kazemi, a renowned researcher of Iran’s oral history, and has been published by Sureh Mehr Publications in Iran.
The Mykonos restaurant incident took place in Berlin on 17 September 1992 in which a number of Kurdish leaders opposing the IR of Iran, including Sadegh Sharafkandi, Secretary-General of the Democratic Party of Iranian Kurdistan, were killed. A German court sentenced Darabi and three Lebanese nationals to life imprisonment on 10 April 1997, also making accusations against a number of IR of Iran leaders. The sentence led to a coldness of ties between Iran and Germany and subsequently the EU so that all EU member states recalled their ambassadors from Iran. Iran reciprocated by recalling all its ambassadors from EU countries and ties between the two plunged into a crisis which continued until three months after the election of Mohammad Khatami as Iran’s President.
At the launch of his book, Kazem Darabi said: “I experienced a dangerous situation for almost a year when I was arrested in Germany and lost 17kgs.”
He spent a total of 15 years and two months in a German jail, five of which were spent in solitary confinement. He stresses: “If anyone is interested in the truth, they must read this book.”
The book will be translated into German, English, and Arabic.
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