Mullahs’ Intelligence Minister is the real mastermind of espionage against the opposition and should be brought to justice
Dr. Massoumeh Bolourchi, the Representative of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) in Germany, 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.
She urged the Government of Germany and pertinent organizations to reveal all the details of the Iranian regime’s espionage network and illegal activities against the Resistance and Iranian refugees in Germany and set the stage for the trial and punishment of those implicated.
The Iranian regime’s espionage network is under the control of the MOIS in Tehran. This has been confirmed by the German Prosecutor’s Office and Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution (BVF, Bundesmat fur Verfassungsschutz). Dr. Bolourchi underscored that 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.
The Iranian Resistance announced on October 28, 2015 that Maysam Panahi and his accomplices were expelled from Camp Liberty, where PMOI members reside in Iraq, in April 2012. They subsequently went to Mohajer Hotel in Baghdad, which is under the control of the Iranian regime’s MOIS. They were organized and briefed for their assignments by an individual called Kianmehr, a senior officer of the MOIS who uses the pseudonym Sajjad.
Sajjad is the same MOIS officer who recruited Massud Dalili who went to Hotel Mohajer after leaving Camp Ashraf. Dalili was the guide for the Iraqi assailants who attacked Camp Ashraf on September 1, 2013. In that massacre, 52 residents of Ashraf were murdered while they were handcuffed.
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.”