Arad's family: Israel to lose vital bargaining chip

IAF navigator's relatives to protest release of Iranian who was to be freed in 3rd stage of 2004 swap deal.

October 9, 2007 22:21
Arad's family: Israel to lose vital bargaining chip

arad 224.88. (photo credit: Channel 10 [file])

The family of captured IAF navigator Ron Arad will fly to Germany in an effort to prevent its government from freeing an Iranian detainee, whose release was initially planned as part of the third stage in a prisoner swap deal between Israel and Hizbullah in 2004, Channel One reported on Tuesday night. The second stage of the deal, which was never implemented, was an obligation by Hizbullah to deliver information on the whereabouts of Arad. Despite the fact that the second part of the deal was never achieved, and Arad's family has been left without information about their son, the German government has decided to release Kazen Darabi nonetheless. Darabi is one of four perpetrators of the 1992 Mykonos massacre - the slaying of four anti-Iran Kurdish leaders in a Berlin restaurant.The release of Darabi, said the report, would result in the loss of an important bargaining chip for Israel. Ironically, the release of Darabi, scheduled for October 16, falls on the exact date of Arad's disappearance, 21 years ago.

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