Germany detained German-Afghan army adviser for ‘spying for Iran’

Vastavam web: Germany on Tuesday detained a German-Afghan man on suspicion he was spying for Iran while working for the German army as a linguistic and cultural adviser. The 50-year-old identified as Abdul Hamid S. was arrested in western Germany, federal prosecutors said in a statement. “The accused was a language evaluator and cultural issues adviser of the German armed forces. In this capacity, he is believed to have passed on information to an Iranian intelligence service,” they added.

According to Spiegel Online, he is suspected of working for Iranian secret services for several years. Previous cases of infiltration by a foreign agency have sparked outrage and shock in Germany. In 2016, Markus Reichel, himself a former intelligence agent for Germany, was convicted for spying for both the CIA and the Russian secret service. He admitted handing over “scores of documents and internal information” to the CIA, including papers detailing Germany’s counter-espionage strategies.

Reichel also delivered three classified documents to the Russians. In 2011, Germany jailed a married couple for spying for the Russian secret services for more than 20 years.