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Germany- Court hearings begin for Iran agents spying on PMOI/MeK opposition

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By Staff Writer, Iran Probe
Saturday, 4 June 2016

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The 2nd branch of the Berlin Criminal Court began holding its hearings seeing into charges raised against suspects accused of spying on the Iranian opposition People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MeK) and National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI).

The German federal prosecutor had on April 8th issued a statement indicating the indictment of two suspects for spying on the PMOI/MeK and NCRI based on part 1 of Article 99 of the German Criminal Law. One of the suspects had been working for the Iranian secret service from at least January 2013, and the other from at least August 2014, the statement stipulates. Their mission was to gather intelligence about the PMOI and NCRI. They were specifically providing information about the PMOI/MeK members in Germany or other European countries to the Iranian regime’s Ministry of Intelligence (VEVAK / MOIS).

 

The court began its hearings with three judges, the leading German federal prosecutor, suspects Meisam Panahi and Saeed Rahmani and their lawyers, a group of Iranians living in Berlin and media reporters.

At the beginning of the hearing German federal prosecutor Grewen read out the long bill of indictment with an in-depth slate of telephone and Internet communications, all proving the exchange of information between the suspects and a senior VEVAK / MOIS official by the name of Sajjad. In this regard, the suspects were transferring the intelligence gathered about the PMOI/MeK in Germany, France, Albania and Camp Liberty in Iraq to an individual by the name of Kianmehr, known by the nom de guerre “Sajjad.”

Sajjad is the same individual who recruited Massoud Dalili after he left Camp Ashraf and arrived at Baghdad’s Hotel Mohajer, and then on 1 September 2013 was the guide of the attacking forces into Ashraf that went on to kill 52 PMOI/MeK members in cold blood, with their hands cuffed behind their backs.

The NCRI representative office in Germany issued a statement on June 2nd reading in part:

“According to a 2014 report by the BVF branch in Germany’s state of Nordrhein-Westfalen “the activities of the Iranian intelligence apparatus is focused on monitoring and confronting the Iranian opposition, inside and outside of Iran. To this effect, scores of members of the PMOI who were accepted by Germany on humanitarian grounds and came to Germany from Iraq in 2013 were intensely spied on. The MOIS activities in this state is focused on obtaining information on changes of personnel and structure of the PMOI and NCRI. In addition, the Iranian secret service continues its strategy of directed propaganda to discredit and tarnish the image of the PMOI.” 

The NCRI statement welcomed “the trial for members of the Iranian regime’s Ministry of Intelligence and Security (MOIS) who were spying on the NCRI and the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran. She said what has been exposed so far is only the tip of the iceberg of the MOIS campaign to organize an extensive espionage network in Europe and in particular Germany. Such actions manifest the Iranian regime’s hysteria regarding the legitimate and legal activities of the NCRI as this regime’s democratic alternative.”

 

 “…Mahmoud Alavi, Rouhani’s Minister of Intelligence, oversees this network and should be brought to justice. During his tenure, these illegal activities have been intensified. Any political or diplomatic consideration to overlook his role as the real mastermind of this case and failure to summon him to the court will embolden the Iranian regime in establishing espionage networks in Europe. These networks can be utilized in future possible terrorist activities,” this statement adds.

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