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Because of treason: Suspected Iranian spy in the armed forces charged


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Karlsruhe (AP) - A suspected spy of Iran in the Bundeswehr must soon face trial in Koblenz. The Federal Prosecutor's Office has charged the man before the Higher Regional Court for treason in a particularly serious case. This was announced by the Karlsruhe authority on Friday.

The German Afghan, whose age was then stated at the age of 50, had been arrested in January in the Rhineland. He is in custody. According to the investigators, he worked for the German Armed Forces for years as a translator and provincial consultant. "In this capacity, he passed on knowledge to an Iranian intelligence service, the documents submitted constituted a state secret," said the Federal Prosecutor's Office. She accuses the man of having violated service secrets in 18 cases.

"Spiegel Online" had reported in January that the man had access to "sensitive information such as the use of troops in Afghanistan" had. He spied Mois for the Iranian intelligence service.

The federal government had officially protested to the Iranian government after the arrest. Iran rejected the charges back then and denied any contact "with this alleged person". With such insinuations, "enemies" wanted to sabotage historical relations between Iran and the EU.

Iranian constitutionalists - such as Russia and China, and partly also Turkey - are seen as a major player in espionage activities against Germany. The Iranian intelligence services were also constantly looking for suitable human sources in the military field in order to meet the information requirements of the Iranian regime, according to information from the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution.


GBA arrested in January

Leaflet of the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution

Source: zeit

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