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Iranian Embassy spying on opponents, German Intel says

Iranian Embassy spying on opponents, German Intel says


July 26 – The Iranian regime is using its Berlin embassy to spy on the Iranian opposition, according to a report issued by Germany’s domestic intelligence service (BfV). The regime’s Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) and its foreign operations arm, the Quds Force, are also active in Germany, the BfV annual report adds.

This report, made public by German Interior Minister Horst Seehofer, comes only a few weeks after Berlin arrested a Vienna-based Iranian diplomat, charging him with terrorism and providing orders to an Iranian-Belgian couple to target the Iranian opposition “Free Iran 2018” convention in Paris through a dangerous bomb plot.

Assadollah Assadi, the so-called Iranian regime diplomat, was arrested while in Bavaria, western Germany, under a European arrest warrant. While Belgium seeks his extradition for trial on its territory, Assadi is currently on trial in Germany.

The Iranian Ministry of Intelligence and Security is behind spying operations in Germany, according to the German intelligence report, focusing mainly on gathering information about dissidents in Germany while also extending their operations throughout the Green Continent.

Back in March of 2017, a Pakistani citizen was convicted by a Berlin court on charges of spying, the report reveals. The individual was sentenced to 4 years and 3 months behind bars.

Tehran was attempting through a number of its centers and institutions it manages in Germany to influence Shiites from various nationalities living in this country, the German intelligence report adds. The report specifically mentions the Islamic Center and Imam Ali mosque in Hamburg.

The BfV report also mentions an “ongoing threat” from the Iran-backed Lebanese Hezbollah.

“We must expect Hezbollah to continue planning terrorist operations outside the Middle East…” the report adds.