Germany summons Iran’s ambassador to warn Tehran against spying on individuals and groups with ties to Israel.
Germany has summoned Iran’s ambassador to warn Tehran against spying on individuals and groups with close ties to Israel, calling such acts an unacceptable breach of German law, Reuters reported on Tuesday.
The move came after the conviction of a Pakistani man for spying for Iran in Germany went into force.
Mustufa Haidar Syed-Naqfi was convicted last March of gathering intelligence on Reinhold Robbe, the former head of the German-Israel Friendship Society, and an Israeli-French economics professor in Paris, for Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guards.
News of his arrest first surfaced last January, when the German Federal Prosecutor announced that it had indicted him for espionage activity against “institutions and persons” in Germany on behalf of the Iranian regime from July, 2015 through July, 2016.
The Foreign Ministry in Berlin summoned the Iranian ambassador to deliver the rebuke once the German constitutional court rejected his appeal. The meeting took place on December 22 but was not disclosed until now.