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Iranian Resistance demands halt in activities of Tehran Intelligence Ministry in Germany

Iranian Resistance demands halt in activities of Tehran Intelligence Ministry in Germany, expulsion of its agentsReport by Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution (Bfv):
 Ministry of Intelligence and Security’s primary concern are the PMOI and NCRI. To that end it uses former members for collecting intelligence.
 Iranian Embassy in Berlin is Tehran’s intelligence gathering center

NCRI – In light of the publication of the shocking report by Germany’s Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution (Bfv) about activities of the Iranian regime’s Intelligence Ministry (MOIS) agents in that country under diplomatic cover in the Iranian regime’s Embassy in Berlin, and their espionage work against the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI) and the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), the Iranian Resistance demands that the German government stop MOIS activities and expel its agents from Germany.

The Bfv’s 2005 report reiterates, "The Iranian Intelligence Services, VEVAK, plays an important role in suppressive agencies in Iran; its units are tasked among other things to confront anti-government activities both in and out of the country. The primary goal is to confront the most active opposition group, namely the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran and the National Council of Resistance of Iran. By using the services of active or former members of these organizations as its own operatives, VEVAK tries to collect intelligence concerning the activities of these organizations against the government.

"The Embassy in Berlin is the headquarters for Iranian intelligence service in Germany, where many of those affiliated with the intelligence service work as diplomats. Senior embassy [intelligence] officers and other high ranking officers from the Iranian leadership centers are using the services of some people in Germany for espionage activities and have tasked them with missions. They collect the information from them orally or in writing, through telephone or the internet."

At end of April, the NCRI warned of the appointment of Mohammad Mehdi Akhoundzadeh-basti as the regime’s ambassador to Germany, describing it as a dangerous sign of mullahs’ bid to step up terrorist activities against the opposition. Akhoundzadeh was one of the commanders of the operation in which Prof. Kazem Rajavi was assassinated in Geneva in April 1990. An international arrest warrant has been issued for him.

Guiding espionage and terrorist activities by the Iranian regime’s embassy in Berlin and its direct role in assassinations in the past two decades have taken on new dimensions with Ahmadinejad assuming power.

Commenting on security for the World Cup, Günther Beckstein, Interior Minister of the State of Bavaria, told the German daily Die Welt on May 4, "A scenario that cannot be ruled out is that Iranian officials might under some circumstances take some action and blame it on the People’s Mojahedin to discredit them internationally… the terrorism by Islamists is not looking only to kill, rather, it seeks to have access to effective public opinion. Thus, no target would be better than the World Cup, which billions of people are going to watch."

After the publication of the report by Bfv, Mohammad Mohaddessin, NCRI’s Foreign Affairs Committee Chair wrote to Germany’s Foreign, Justice and Interior Ministers, urging them to halt the clerical regime’s intelligence activities in Germany, arrest and expel its intelligence agents and operatives in order to thwart their espionage, terrorist and criminal operations against the Iranian dissidents and refugees. He also asked them not to allow German territory to become the roaming grounds for the clerical regime’s terrorists. The freedom of action by these agents and mercenaries, who are known to German security services, not only violates German laws but endangers the lives of political refugees for whom the German government is responsible, Mohaddessin said.

Secretariat of the National Council of Resistance of Iran
May25, 2006