Swedish newspapers, including Aftonbladet and Expressen, reported that a former Swedish security chief had been arrested for spying for the Iranian regime between 2011 and 2015. His arrest once again highlights the need for a joint European action to tackle the Iranian regime’s terrorism .
As identified by local and Persian language websites, the arrested spy is Peyman Kia, 40 years old. He had obtained Swedish citizenship and worked as a director of the Swedish Security Police (SPO) and an analyst in a Swedish military organization while scouting Tehran.
Kia was arrested on Monday. On Thursday, the court decided to order the detention of this person accused of gross and illegal abuse of his position as someone with access to classified information and violation of national security to avoid him destroying documents or fleeing. The detainee is accused of espionage for reasonable reasons, says the Swedish security service in a statement.
His arrest comes a month after the arrest of an Iranian couple, who had been granted refugee status in Sweden by showing a false Afghan identity. They were agents of the regime’s Ministry of Intelligence and Security (MOIS).
In February 2021, a court in Antwerp, Belgium, sentenced Assadollah Assadi and his three accomplices to almost 70 years in prison for trying to bomb the 2018 Iranian opposition rally in France.
Assadi was a diplomatic terrorist in Vienna who used his diplomatic privileges to smuggle 500 grams of TATP explosives to Europe and handed them over to his two operators, Amir Sadouni and Nasimeh Na’ami. Sadoun and Na’ami, along with another operator, Mehrdad Arefani, had acquired Belgian citizenship and posed as supporters of the Iranian opposition movement.
Assadi’s trial and conviction once again highlighted what the Iranian resistance had said for years: the regime’s embassies and diplomats are promoting terrorism and espionage. During Assadi’s trial, the authorities in Germany, where Assadi was arrested in 2018, launched another case of a network of terrorism and espionage that he had succeeded in throughout Europe.
The German officials found a notebook in Assadi’s car with important information about the 2018 bombing, Assadi’s actions and how much money he had given to various operatives.
”The Iranian resistance has specific information on the dormant cells of the Iranian regime across Europe, which Assadi commanded. The Iranian regime’s MOIS has a network of agents in Europe supported by the regime’s embassies abusing their diplomatic facilities. Assadollah Assadi was at the head of the Iranian regime’s intelligence service in Europe, Javad Dabiran, deputy head of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) in Germany, told Al-Arabiya on January 22.
“40% and in particular 144 of 289 Assadi’s meetings with his agents were held in Germany. This means two things. First a large part of [the regime’s] “Networks exist in Germany, and Germany is the scene of the Iranian regime’s terrorist activities,” Dabiran added.
On the evening after Assadi’s defeat, another conspiracy by MOIS against the Iranian resistance in Germany was revealed. The regime had tried to persuade Iranians living in Germany to spy on NCRI’s offices in Germany and Javad Dabiran in order to get “good money”.
The recent arrest of another spy in Sweden, with the highest security position, is the latest in chains to arrest the regime’s spies in Europe. It also means how rooted the regime’s espionage network is in Europe, overshadowed by the European leader’s perseverance against the failed peace policy towards Tehran.
In July 2017, Ali Fallahian, former head of MOIS, acknowledged in an interview how the regime’s agents work under many covers in Europe.
“The ministry needs coverage for its work to collect information both in the country and abroad. Obviously we do not send an agent to Germany or America and for example say, ok, I’m an information ministry agent, and I’m here to gather information, please give it to me. He would work in the protection of companies or other jobs, including reporters. You know that many of our reporters are MOIS agents, says Falahian.
As revealed during Assadi’s trial, the Iranian regime is involved in terrorism at the highest level. On April 28, 2021, the then President of the regime, Hassan Rouhani, confirmed that the regime’s Supreme National Security Council will take all decisions regarding Tehran’s vicious activities.
“All complex issues of foreign policy and defense are discussed in the Supreme National Security Council, regardless of whether we want to [carry out] a defensive operation and when we have to carry out an offensive operation somewhere or if we want to carry out an important political task, ”Rouhani acknowledged.
Before Rouhani, his foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, who oversaw the 2018 bombing led by Assadi in Europe, acknowledged how his ministry is fully involved in terrorism and espionage in a leaked audiotape.
“Most of our Foreign Ministry ambassadors have a security structure. Our Ministry of Foreign Affairs has faced security issues since it began operating. The Foreign Ministry’s agenda has been a political-security agenda since the beginning of the revolution. In the 1990s, they closed down the ministry’s financial directorate and instead created regional directors whose tendencies were more political and security-related, says Zarif.
European officials should take the recent arrest of another spy in Sweden seriously and see it as a growing threat of terrorism from the regime.
Unfortunately, European leaders are more concerned about maintaining dialogue with the terrorist regime in Tehran. This comes when the regime’s new government no longer has the “moderate” facade. The new Foreign Minister, Hossein Amir-Abdollahian, has been considered a “field agent” and is a known member of the terrorist “Quds Force”. Nevertheless, EU leaders, especially Josep Borrell, the EU’s chief diplomat, did not lose the chance to meet and praise Amir-Abdollahian and the terrorist regime he represents during the recent UN General Assembly.
EU leaders should adopt a specific policy towards the regime. Addressing this regime would only encourage it to continue its terrorist activities. As the Iranian resistance has repeated, the EU should close down the regime’s embassies and expel its agents operating in the European Union under various pretexts. This would certainly increase the security of EU citizens.