Did Mossad kill German politician involved in Iran-Contra scandal?

Uwe Barschel

Uwe Barschel

By JOSEPH FITSANAKIS | intelNews.org |
Accusations of Israeli involvement in the suspicious death of a German politician have been revived, following new autopsy evidence revealed by a medical examiner. The case involves the death of Christian Democratic Union politician Uwe Barschel, who on October 11, 1987, was found dead in the bathtub of room 317 of the Beau-Rivage hotel in Geneva, Switzerland. His sudden death occurred less than a month after he was forced to resign from the post of Governor of West Germany’s Schleswig-Holstein state, following his involvement in a dirty-tricks campaign against his rival Björn Engholm, of Germany’s Social Democratic Party. Swiss authorities, based on an initial postmortem that revealed lethal levels of barbiturates in Barschel’s system, ruled the death a suicide. But now Dr Hans Brandenberger, who was one of the toxicological experts that examined Barschel, claims that he is possession of new evidence that points to murder as the cause of the German politician’s death. Speaking on Sunday to Germany’s quality Welt am Sonntag broadsheet, Dr Brandenberger said that computer analysis of the original 1987 autopsy data makes it “next to certain that Barschel was injected with [the strong sedative] Noludar shortly before his death through the rectum”. The toxicologist claims that the strong tranquilizer was part of a complex cocktail of drugs that was force-fed to the German politician after he was sedated, probably with the help of a spiked drink. Dr Brandenberger’s allegations have breathed new life to claims that Barschel was in fact murdered by Israeli intelligence agency Mossad, who targeted him because of his inside knowledge of Iran-Contra scandal dealings. Specifically, Barschel is said to have known about an alleged transfer of Israeli military aircraft to the Islamic Republic of Iran, facilitated under United States oversight through German mediators. Following his resignation from his governor post, he had threatened to publicize insider accounts of the alleged transfer. During the Iran-Contra Scandal (1985-1986), Israel acted as Washington’s conduit in supplying US-made weapons to Iran and then channeling the profits to the Contras paramilitary mercenaries fighting Nicaragua’s Sandinista government. Incidentally, Israel did so in full knowledge of the fact that the Iranian government was at that time the primary military supplier of Palestinian militant group Hamas.

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