Iran is according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs behind two murders committed on Dutch territory. The murders took place in 2015 and 2017 in Almere and The Hague.

The ministry says this Tuesday on the basis of information from the AIVD and foreign intelligence services.

The murders are partly the reason for the sanctions imposed by the European Union on Tuesday against two Iranian persons and the Iranian military intelligence service.

The liquidations were also the reason that in June 2018 two diplomats from the Iranian embassy Netherlands were expelled.

In brief

  • EU imposes sanctions on Iran after political killings and attempts to do so
  • Two murders took place in 2015 (Almere) and 2017 (The Hague)
  • Last year, two Iranian diplomats were expelled from the Netherlands

France and Denmark also 'hit'

Iran has denied any involvement in the liquidations, the ministry states in a press statement. The sanctions that have been imposed mean that the assets and other "financial assets are frozen".

According to the Ministry, France and Denmark were also "affected by Iranian interference". For example, an assassination attempt in 2018 would have been thwarted in the latter country.

Ali Motamed probably one of the victims

One of the murders was committed in Almere. This is Ali Motamed, who was sentenced to death in Iran for his involvement in the biggest bomb attack in the country.

At this attack in Tehran in 1981, more than seventy members of the Republican Party were killed. In 2015, the man, who was actually called Mohammad Reza Kolahi Samadi, was liquidated. The man worked here as an electrician in the Netherlands.

Two men face the death of Motamed, the justice department thinks they did not know who the victim actually was. Criminal Naoufal 'Noffel' F. is also suspected of involvement.

Victim The Hague leader of resistance movement

The other victim, also an opponent of the Iranian regime according to the ministry, was murdered in The Hague in 2017.

This is Ahmad Mola Nissi, the leader of the Arab-Iranian resistance movement Arab Struggle Movement for the Liberation of Ahwaz (ASMLA).