Germany Objects to Iran’s Espionage in German Army
The foreign ministry of Germany has summoned Iran’s charge d'affaires to object to Iran’s espionage in Germany. Last year, Iran’s ambassador was summoned for the same issue.
Iran currently does not have an ambassador in Germany, and its charge d'affaires is considered the highest-ranking Iranian diplomat in the country.
The federal court of Germany announced last week that a man named “AbdolHamid S.” who is an Afghan-German translator and cultural expert, has been arrested for spying for Iran.
He had accessed sensitive information on the German Army such as the deployment of soldiers to Afghanistan, and it is believed that he has passed on the information to an Iranian intelligence service.
In response to these developments, Bahram Ghasemi, the spokesman for the foreign ministry claimed that Iran has had no contact with the suspect and that all these efforts are made to damage the relationship between Iran and the three European countries involved in JCPOA (Iran nuclear deal).
Last year, Heidar Seyed Mostafa, a Pakistani national was sentenced to four years and three months in prison by Germany for gathering intel for the Islamic Revolutionary Guard’s Qods Force.
In recent months, Iran has also been accused of several terrorist plots in Europe and new sanctions have been imposed on the country by the European Union.