Denmark jails Norwegian-Iranian man for spying for Iran

Norwegian citizen is found guilty of spying for Iran and of complicity in plot to kill Iranian Arab opposition figure.

    The Norwegian defendant has denied all charges [Mads Claus Rasmussen/Ritzau Scanpix via Reuters]
    The Norwegian defendant has denied all charges [Mads Claus Rasmussen/Ritzau Scanpix via Reuters]

    A Danish court has sentenced a Norwegian citizen to seven years in prison for spying for an Iranian intelligence service and for complicity in a suspected plot to kill an Iranian Arab opposition figure in Denmark.

    The 40-year-old Norwegian man, who has Iranian heritage, was arrested in October 2018 after a major police operation in which Denmark temporarily closed its international borders. The court did not give the man's name.

    For several days in late September, the Norwegian had observed and taken photos of the home of an Iranian exile in Denmark, as well as the streets and roads surrounding the home, Roskilde District Court said in a statement on Friday.

    "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," the court said.

    The exile, who was also not named in the statement, is the leader of an Iranian Arab resistance group known as the Arab Struggle Movement for the Liberation of Ahvaz (ASMLA).

    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.

    The Norwegian defendant has denied all charges.

    SOURCE: News agencies