A Plot to Kill: An Iranian Spy in Denmark

Published June 28th, 2020 - 08:35 GMT
Norwegian police officers. (AFP/ File Photo)
Norwegian police officers. (AFP/ File Photo)
The exile is the leader of an Iranian Arab resistance group known as ASMLA.

A Norwegian national who acted as a spy for Iran as been sentenced to seven years in jail after he played a role in a suspected plot to kill an Iranian-Arab opposition figure in Denmark.

Mohammad Davoudzadeh Loloei, a 40-year-old Norwegian with Iranian heritage, was arrested in October 2018 after a major police operation in which Denmark temporarily closed its international borders. 

For several days in late September that year, Loloei observed and took photos of the home of an Iranian exile in Denmark. 

He passed the images - which included the streets and roads surrounding the home - to the Iranian intelligence service who planned to kill the man.

The exile - who has not been named - is the leader of an Iranian Arab resistance group known as the Arab Struggle Movement for the Liberation of Ahvaz (ASMLA).  

A Roskilde District Court statement read: 'The court found that the information was collected and passed on to a person working for an Iranian intelligence service, for use by the intelligence service's plans to kill the exile.'

Loloei was sentenced to seven years in prison and permanent expulsion from Denmark, public prosecutor Soeren Harbo said. He will be denied entrance to Denmark after serving his sentence.

Harbo said: 'It's a historic case. And it's a powerful message to (foreign) intelligence services: they have to handle their conflicts among themselves and stop involving us.'

Harbo added that Danish authorities had filed an international arrest warrant with the International Criminal Police Organization, Interpol, for Loloei's Iranian case officer.

Loloei - who has denied all charges - immediately appealed against the verdict. 

Separately, Danish police have charged three members of ASMLA - including the  group's leader - with spying for Saudi intelligence services and financing and supporting terrorism in Iran.

This article has been adapted from its original source.

© Associated Newspapers Ltd.

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