Sarfaraz Rahimi is a low-level agent of the Ministry of Intelligence of the Iranian regime, who works in Albania under the title of “former member of the Mojahedin”. When Albania expelled the diplomats of the Iranian regime first due to terrorist activities and then due to a cyber attack, the Iranian regime is trying to continue its destructive activities in this country under the cover organizations such as “ASILA” and “Nejat Society”. According to the pieces posted social media, Sarfaraz Rahimi, who used to work as a member of ASILA, is now strongly involved in espionage activities in connection with the Ministry of Intelligence (MOIS) in Tehran in connection with the Nejat cover society.
After moving from Iraq to Albania in 2017, Sarfaraz Rahimi was expelled from the People’s Mojahedin of Iran (PMOI-MEK) to pursue his personal life. Since then, he has been in contact with MOIS agents in Albania, such as Gholamreza Shekari, and received money from the MOIS in exchange for lying and participating in psychological warfare against the MEK. Sarfaraz Rahimi, according to his own handwriting which has been published on Persian language websites, first contacted the Iranian regime embassy in Albania to transfer his wife from Iran to Albania or to return to Iran, but the Iranian embassy did not take any action to transfer his wife and made his transfer to Iran conditional on cooperation with the embassy against the MEK in Albania. At the beginning of his deployment by the MOIS, he received 300 Euros per month through his MOIS team head, Gholamreza Shekari. (Images 1 and 2)
Activities in ASILA and Nejat spy networks in Albania
Sarfaraz Rahimi first continued his activities against the MEK and Albanian national interests in a spy network called ASILA in the service of the MOIS. On July 12, 2022, the Special Structure for Combating Corruption and Organized Crimes (SPAK) issued an order for the temporary arrest and inspection of all the locations of the MOIS agents in Albania who were organized in the ASILA network. The places of eleven people, including Sarfaraz Rahimi, were searched by the police, their communication devices were seized and arrested. The court’s ruling on Rahimi and his collaborators states, “There are reasonable doubts that they have carried out concrete measures against the MEK on behalf of the terrorist organization Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps and are currently carrying out actions. They are also financed by the IRGC and Quds force.. These activities are currently supporting and providing information about the organization in Albania.”
On July 15, 2022, the Albanian Top Channel TV published a report about the arrest of regime agents. “SPAK banned the association, which was established in Albania in the fall of 2021, since it is believed that its espionage activities are a cover for activities that are apparently aimed at uniting Iranians in the capital of Albania or for cultural exchange between the two countries, but it deals with espionage activities. The decision to prevent any activity of this association was made following the order of the special prosecutor’s office, which is investigating the commission of terrorist acts in this organization, the purpose of which is to harm the MEK based in Manza. Therefore, the investigative measures against the association ‘Supporting Iranians living in Albania’ ]ASILA[ . This investigation joins the detailed investigation that began in Manza 3 years ago following suspicions about an Iranian cell that planned attacks during Nowruz holidays and then escalated them.”
In the following, 6 members of ASILA were arrested on 10 November 2022 and kept in Karrec closed camp for a year, and some of them, including Hasan Heyrani, who was registered as the secretary of ASILA, were deported from Albania as non grata.
After the ASILA spy network failed with the arrests and expulsion of its main person in Albania, the MOIS has formed its activities in Albania under the name of the Albanian Nejat Society with the extensive activities of Sarfaraz Rahimi and his partner Erisa Idrizi. Nejat Society in Iran is one of the branches of the MOIS.
According to the reports of international research and intelligence agencies, Nejat Society is carrying out the task of suppressing the families of the members of the MEK in Iran and terrorism against them in Europe.
The head of the Nejat Society in Iran is a person named Ebrahim Khodabandeh, who is mentioned in the report of the Library of Congress prepared for the Pentagon, and his brother Masoud Khodabandeh, as mercenaries who were recruited by the Ministry of Intelligence of Iran.
Means of legal residence in Albania
The Iranian regime has ordered its Iranian agents in Albania to marry local women to provide legal grounds for staying in Albania to continue their mission. In addition, to use Albanian wife and their families as a means of further communication with the Albanian communities for future goals of MOIS.
It is noteworthy that 43-year-old Sarfaraz Rahimi, from the Balooch ethnic minority in Iran, with 8th grade literacy, has an Albanian partner named Erisa Idrizi, 23 years old, born in Tropoja from Roma people, who introduces her as his Albanian wife and translator and plays an active role in promoting the MOIS’s goals. In addition to other destructive activities, they seek to recruit native Albanians to advance the evil and dirty intentions of the Iranian regime in Albania.
Betrayal to his nation, the Balooch people
Sarfaraz Rahimi belongs to Balooch ethnic minority in the west and southwest of Iran. During the last year, the most repression of the dictatorial regime of Iran has been against the Balooch people. According to the reports of international human rights organizations, including Amnesty International, the Iranian regime has targeted the Baloochis for brutal and systematic repression. According to Amnesty International’s October 20, 2023 report, “hundreds of people, including dozens of children, were violently arrested during a demonstration in Baloochistan, Iran, and many of them have been forced disappear. Detainees, children and adults, have been subjected to torture and other ill-treatment, including severe beatings and injuries caused by paintball shots from close range.
During October 2023, at least 18 Baloch prisoners, equivalent to 23% of all executed prisoners in Iran, were executed.
Many residents of Baluchistan, Iran, who support the Mojahedin and the Iranian resistance for freedom throughout Iran, have been abducted, killed by terrorist methods, and executed by the Iranian regime. Nevertheless, Sarfaraz Rahimi continues to cooperate with the regime in an open betrayal of his own people with demonization and destructive activities that provide the ground for the terrorist activities of the regime in Albania. If the few Kapo Jews cooperated with the Nazis in Hitler’s prisons, or cooperated with the enemy in the difficult conditions of liberation movements and are always hated, Sarfaraz Rahimi’s mercenary and activities in line with the terrorist goals of the dictatorial regime, which is also the murderer of his own people, in free conditions In Albania, it is a thousand times more treacherous and reprehensible.
Photos of two innocent Baloochis murdered by the Iranian Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) on 16 November 2023. Matin Narooei (left) 18 years old shot dead in a car. Amir Safari (right) shot dead in front of his home. He was married, father of eight children. This is a routine daily killings by IRGC in Balochistan of Iran.
Document number one written by Sarfaraz Rahimi
I, Sarfaraz Rahimi, who on January 9, 2017 chose my personal life because of my conscious choice and not to fight, find it necessary to expose the activities of the embassy of the mullah regime in Albania, which entices people to spy against the Mojahedin Khalq.
In this regard, during this period, I am disclosing the following information regarding the actions of the regime’s embassy in Albania, as well as the people who have direct cooperation and direct relationship with the embassy.
1- The embassy liaison is a person named Gholamreza Shukri, who sends people, including myself, to the embassy.
2- I spoke at Cafe Ring on Monday, April 10, 2017 to send money on behalf of my family, and he said I can help you.
In this regard, he told me that you can go to Iran and if you want to, you should cooperate with the embassy of the Iranian regime in Albania. And provide them with the information of the Mojahedin so that regime accept you.
I asked him what exactly I should do. He said that you should take any action against the organization.
Gholamreza Shokri said that you can open Facebook with a pseudonym and write articles against the organization and collect information about the Mojahedin organization and give it to the embassy. And you can also write an article.
3- Regarding Baloch people like Gholam Mustafa Ostadi, if necessary and he wants to go to Iran, he should cooperate with the regime’s embassy in Albania. so that he can go to Iran safely
4- I said how much the embassy will pay for this work, Gholamreza Shukri said that it will pay 300 euros for this work.
Document number 2 written by Sarfaraz Rahimi
How I went to the embassy of the regime by Gholamreza Shukri
On Wednesday 4/12/2017
After I talked with Gholamreza Shokri, he said that we will give you an embassy number that you call.
There, the embassy has a secretary and you say that I am one of the separatists of the Mojahedin organization and I have a request to meet.
At 12 noon on April 12, 2017, I called and a lady picked up the phone and said that I am Sarfaraz Rahimi, one of the separatists of the Mojahedin Organization, and she said that you can come.
I took a taxi, I gave the address to the taxi driver and arrived in front of the embassy,. I entered the embassy
Someone came from the embassy and asked about my arrival. I said that my only goal is to bring a wife to Albania or to be able to go to Iran.
The embassy said that if you can bring your wife, we will also pay for your house rent.
But this issue is not in our hands, you have to solve it with the UNHCR, but we can help you to some extent. And then he said what you can do about it.
I said that I can do what you want, and he said that we want information about the people who come out and what they are doing or writing article against organization and I accepted.
He gave me 300 euros and warned me that if you make a mistake we will take care of you.
I said that if the organization finds out, my money will be cut, which the person said, we will pay for it.
After that, I wrote and signed the reason why I came outside the organization and then said goodbye. The embassy told me that 300 euros per month will be given to you by Gholamreza Shukri from now on.