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

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.

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

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