The U.S. Department of Justice announced on Monday that two agents of Iranian regime’s Intelligence Ministry, identified as Ahmadreza Mohammadi Doostdar and Majid Ghorbani, were arrested on August 9, 2018 in the United States for spying and plotting against the Iranian opposition, the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) and National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI).
According to the indictment, the regime’s spy operation against the PMOI (MEK) had started from at least March 2017 and “the Government of Iran considers the MEK to be the primary opponent of the current regime, and has sought to eradicate the MEK.”
These two agents sent the information they gathered to the Iranian regime in order to plot to “target” its opponents. The indictment also stated that “a target package could enable a neutralization plan, which may include apprehension, recruitment, cyber exploitation, or capture/kill operations.”
One of the two detainees, Majid Ghorbani, travelled to Iran in 2018 for 20 days, from March 27 until April 17 “In order to brief … the Government of Iran about information he has collected on the MEK.”
Upon returning to the US, he had new instructions such as gaining “more influence in order to find out secret information, people in the network and organization’s decisions against Islamic Republic.”
According to the NCRI, “The discovery and neutralization of the regime’s espionage and terrorist plot in the US follows the foiling of two major terrorist plots against the PMOI and the Iranian Resistance in Albania (March 2018) and France (June 2018). It once again makes clear that the religious fascism ruling Iran, on its deathbed, sees no solution other than suppressing the Iranian people’s uprising and assassinating members of the PMOI.”
In a Statement on April 20, 2018, the NCRI’s Security and Anti-Terrorism Committee said: “There have been numerous cases of suspicious acts of shadowing people and surveillance near the NCRI office in Washington by individuals of various nationalities, which point to serious terrorist threats. The police and relevant officials are informed of these threats.”
The NCRI statement urges the U.S. and European Countries to expel Iran’s MOIS and Quds Force agents operating under various covers: “The Iranian Resistance once again reiterates the need to prosecute and expel all the regime’s Intelligence Ministry and Quds Force agents and all known and undercover agents and mercenaries who pursue the regime’s plots in the US and Europe. These agents and mercenaries had used the prevalent appeasement policy of previous years to establish various covers and titles in the US and Europe and thereby pursue the regime’s sinister plots.”