Ron Arad's family to appeal release of prisoner who was part of 2004 deal

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October 9, 2007 21:33

 
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The family of MIA pilot 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. 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 on 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. Ironically, the release of Darabi, scheduled on October 16, falls on the exact date of Arad's disappearance, 21 years ago.

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